32 journalists from different media houses participated in training on Family Planning reporting, that aimed at enhancing their knowledge on family planning issues and raise awareness among the population about different contraceptive methods.
The aforementioned training was organized by the Media High Council in partnership with The United Nations Development Programme and Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC). It was held in Rutsiro, Gicumbi, Huye, and Musanze Districts from 16th-22nd June 2020.
It was preceded by a theoretical training held on 15th June 2020 via Webex, where journalists were taken through the Family Planning Policy in Rwanda, and the Media and behavior change communication approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Muhirwa Ally, a journalist at RC Musanze who spoke on behalf of one of the teams, said that this training has been an opportunity to have different views on family planning, and do stories that can change behaviors, debulk some myths and controversies on contraceptives methods and identify gaps in accessibility and education.
The Executive Secretary of the Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, said that the objective of the training was not only to equip journalists with more skills to report on issues regarding family planning but also to use their platform to create more awareness and behavior change.
“Considering the level of public trust in media that stands at 75% according to Rwanda Media Barometer, we believe that journalists have the ability and power to change citizens’ behavior through what they broadcast or publish. With the involvement of the media, there is no doubt that Rwanda will be able to achieve the goals set in terms of family planning and spacing”. He said
Mbungiramihigo added that for inclusion, the Media High Council; plan to organize another short course on Sign Languages for them to be able to interact with persons with disabilities. The first phase was held in 2019 and attended by 14 TV Journalists.
To ease accessibility to training the Media High Council plan to establish an e-learning center, where journalists can access training materials anytime and anywhere and will put much effort into specialized reporting.
Prepared by: MUKANEZA Marie Ange
Public Relations and Communication Officer