Crown Prince of Norway visits TV Surdo and records televised statement on disability rights
During a visit to the three Mozambican organizations h2n, Midia Lab and TV Surdo yesterday, HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway recorded a statement on disability rights, which was broadcast on STV and social media later on the same day. The visit was part of the program for the Crown Prince’s ongoing official two-day visit to Mozambique and reflects the Norwegian government’s emphasis on investing in persons with disability and marginalized groups. “In order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals we must leave no one behind, but we also know that persons with disability are perfectly able to improve their own situation,” commented Crown Prince Haakon in his statement. “Access to information and inclusion of persons with disability are extremely important. This is why the work of TV Surdo is so valuable,” he continued. TV Surdo was developed under the Mozambique Media Strengthening Program and registered as an independent NGO in 2016. The organization focuses on inclusive media through its weekly television programs on STV, TVM and TIM and strategic advocacy for disability rights. It works in close cooperation with its sister organizations h2n, which focuses on community-based communication, and Midia Lab, which addresses media development and journalism training. TV Surdo is currently funded primarily through a grant from the Norwegian Embassy. The Crown Prince also observed the work done by the three organizations in making health information more accessible to the public through explanatory journalism and showed appreciation for a video on TB supported by infographics and explanations that was shown to the visitors. The Crown Prince was accompanied by the Norwegian Minister of International Development Dag Inge Ulstein and other senior officials.