28 media practitioners from different media outlets were practically trained on Rwandan Culture Reporting from 14th to 18th November 2018, in different districts namely Nyanza, Nyagatare, Gicumbi and Rubavu. This practical training was preceded by a theoretical one on 14 November, 2018 at Nobleza Hotel.
The training was organized by Media High Council in collaboration with Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture (RALC), with aim to build the capacity of local journalists with the advanced knowledge so that they can effectively analyze and report good stories related to Rwandan culture and to promote the Rwandan culture through media.
In his remarks during the opening session, the Executive Secretary of the Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo said this training is in line with the MHC responsibilities which include building innovative capacities and to produce media content that disseminates and promotes the Rwandan values, culture and products.
He added that a research conducted by MHC revealed that the cultural content ranked very low on the cadre of local content offered by the Rwandan media, the reason why they are putting more efforts to increase the news stories and other related media content on Rwandan culture.
“We want you to take the lead in preserving the language and Rwandans’ culture. We want you to be the focal persons in protecting our ancestors’ legacy. The media should work professionally, guided by the country’s policy”. Peacemaker told journalists.
During the practical training, journalists produced stories that were published in their respective media outlets. They said that producing a professional story requires specific skills, and this training is an opportunity that will help them use effectively Kinyarwanda language and produce articles about issues they understand.
Elias Hakizimana, one of the trainees who works for Rwandainspirer.com, said he learnt a lot during the training. “It is a milestone for me as a journalist to take part of Kinyarwanda language and culture practical training. I gained a lot basically in Kinyarwanda writing. I will engage my genuine efforts as a journalist to preserve our own culture through my daily assignment of informing, educating and entertaining”.
The training was part of the continuity of the 6 day training of Journalists on the Usage of Kinyarwanda Language - cradle of Rwandan culture, in Media Content Creation organized by RALC in partnership with MHC and Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO which took place in Musanze District in 2017.
Prepared by Ezechiel MBANANABO Ag. Public Relations &Communication Officer