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Using cartoons to tell stories

Using cartoons to tell stories

Two full page cartoons were produced by media skills students during the 2013 East Africa Cup in Moshi, Tanzania. 

Sport and development

The East Africa Cup attracts youth organisations from across eastern Africa including Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia to participate in the football tournament.

Using sport as a hook, the event facilitates workshops to build knowledge and skills that can be taken back to communities. At this years East Africa Cup workshops included:

  • child safeguarding
  • inclusive programmes (disability awareness)
  • media skills
  • HIV/Aids awareness
  • conflict resolution and transformation
  • leadership

Telling stories

The participants that joined in the 'Telling stories through cartoons' workshop were divided into two groups and spent three days learning and developing their skills with a career illustrator.

Arild Midthun, the official illustrator for Disney in Norway, facilitated the workshops and used key themes from this years event to create topical and relevant media.

While both cartoons drew inspiration from the child safeguarding focus of this years East Africa Cup, the first is based on a true story.

These stories have been read by the illustrators.


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Matthew Ruuska


Monday, July 8, 2013 - 23:00