30 journalists from different media houses were practically trained on Reproductive Health Reporting from 18th to 24th December 2018, in different districts namely Musanze, Gakenke, Kayonza, Gatsibo, Muhanga and Ruhango. This practical training was preceded by a theoretical one on 17 December 2018.
The training was organized by Media High Council in collaboration with Rwanda Biomedical Center with the support of UNDP. The general objective of this training was to enhancing knowledge and skills of media practitioners on Reproductive Health Reporting, and raise awareness among the population about the reproductive health.
Addressing the participants during the opening session, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, the Executive Secretary of Rwanda Media High Council, said that the training aims to equip them with necessary skills that help to report the reproductive health stories professionally, as well as specialization among media Practitioners.
He added that the Rwanda's population is increasing so fast, and urged journalists to help Rwandans change their mindset in regards to family planning.
“As the role of the media is to inform, to educate and to entertain, you have potential to sensitize Rwandans on family planning so that they give birth to babies they are able to take care of. The population growth is not marching with the country’s economy”, Peacemaker Said during the opening session.
During the practical training, journalists produced stories related to reproductive health that were published in their respective media outlets. They said that they have benefited a lot from the training.
“I had an opportunity to know how to deal with family planning news stories, share experiences with my colleagues and to reach rural areas. I have extended my knowledge in regards to reporting on reproductive health”, Masabo Juvenal from City Radio Said.
“I have learnt a lot from the training. I got know how to write a news story lead and to conduct interviews”, Ineza Leontine from Radio Energy Said.
After the practical training, journalists met again in Kigali in evaluation meeting to discuss on the news stories covered, the expected impact to the Rwandan community, challenges faced during the field work and how they can be addressed in the future to make training more successful. At the end they were awarded certificates of participation.
As indicated in the priority erea 3 of Rwanda’s National Strategy for Transformation, the country is committed to scale up efforts to raise awareness on reproductive health and increase contraceptive prevalence from 48% (2013/14) to 60% in 2024.
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