27 journalists from different media houses were practically trained on Human Security issues reporting from 12th to 18th March 2019 in different districts namely Musanze, Gakenke, Nyagatare, Rwamagana, Muhanga, Kamonyi, Karongi and Nyamasheke. This practical training was preceded by a theoretical one on 11thMarch 2019.
The training was organized by Media High Council in collaboration with different public institutions which tackle the Human security issues, with the support of UNDP. The general objective was to equip journalists with skills on reporting human security issues and mobilizes the population to prevent them.
During the theoretical training, trainers explained to the participants the following topics; the status of malnutrition in Rwanda, Teenage pregnancies, School dropout in Rwanda, the status of Drug abuse, the status of Delinquency in Rwanda, and rehabilitation of former delinquents, and strategies for prevention of those issues.
During the practical training, journalists produced stories on Human security issues which were published in their respective media outlets. They said that they have enhanced their skills on Human security issues reporting.
Uwizeyimana Aimable, The Chief Editor in the team of journalists in Musanze and Gakenke appreciated the skills they acquired from the training. He actually works with Radio Huguka.
“In this training, we shared experiences on how to pitch a story, I enhanced my interviewing skills and gained the team working skills as we worked as a team”, Uwambayinema Marie Jeanne from Bwiza.com said.
Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, the Executive Secretary of Media High Council visited the teams of journalists on field. In his remarks, he urged them to produce stories which contribute to the development of the citizens and help them change their mindset so that they can solve problems. He also urged them to work in synergy and improve their work performance.
Bosenibamwe Aimé, the Director General of National Rehabilitation Service who attended the evaluation and the closing ceremony of the training on 18th March 2019, said Rwanda’s media professionalism has increased compared to the past. He also urged journalists to preserve their dignity and to unite.
“We are ready to work with you and provide information whenever you need us”, Bosenibamwe told journalists.
Among the recommendations made, journalists recommended Media High Council to organize the second phase of such training.
Ag. Public Relations and Communication Officer