26 Journalists from different media houses equipped with skills on Environmental Protection Reporting through a half day theoretical and 7 day practical training conducted from 19th - 25th February 2019, in different districts namely Musanze, Gakenke, Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Muhanga and Ruhango.
The training was organized by Media High Council (MHC) in collaboration with Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) with aim at equipping journalists with skills on collecting information and reporting on environment protection professionally.
Addressing participants during the opening session, the Director of the environmental education and mainstreaming at REMA, Rachael Tushabe, appreciated the training saying that environment and climate change are considered as cross cutting issues.
“In all activities planned must include those related to environment protection. It is not possible to produce a news story which is not related to environment as journalists cover stories on human beings and things. We wish this training should be a continuous activity”, Rachael said.
The training was officially opened by the Executive Secretary of Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo. He thanked journalists who applied and qualified to attend the training after a long selection process.
“We want a vibrant and professional media sector. We want media which greatly contributes to public education and awareness on environment protection by reporting stories that may help Rwandans contribute to environment protection”, Peacemaker told journalists.
During the practical training, journalists produced stories on Environment Protection which were published in their respective media outlets. They said that they have gained a lot from the training.
“This training has opened up my eyes and my mind on environmental protection issues. I have come to understand my responsibility as a Journalist in environmental protection, like to pack news stories that can help my audience to understand their stake too. It has been my first time to carry out such training on this topic. I have got skills and some updates on the topic we have covered”, Samuel Mujyanama from Umucyo Radio said.
According to Pauline Mukarurangwa, a journalists from the Inspirer , said that this training enabled her to understand laws and policies on environment protection.
In the closing ceremony, the Director General of REMA, Eng. Coletha Ruhamya ensures that they will always include budget for media capacity building on their action plans.
“Be self-confident, you contribute a lot to our country’s development by educating our society. Media plays a vital role in environment protection”, Ruhamya told journalists”.
The training on environment protection Reporting is in line with Rwanda’s vision 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals in which the environment is considered as an issue to be emphasized on.
Ag. Public Relations and Communication Officer