“Media is an invaluable tool to educate public on climate change and disaster management”- Peacemaker MBUNGIRAMIHIGO
Kigali, 13 September 2018, Peacemaker MBUNGIRAMIHIGO, the Executive Secretary of the Media High Council urges journalists that media plays a very important role in disseminating factual information to the public before, during and after the disasters by educating the public about the disaster , alerting government officials and policy makers for quick measures .
He said this when he addressed to the participants in media training on Climate Change and Disaster Management held from 13th to 20th September 2018. The aforementioned training has been organized by the Media High Council in partnership with the UNDP.
The training aims at enabling media practitioners to understand climate change issues and disaster management; improving the linkages between the media, public, local leaders and disaster mitigation researchers and practitioners to prepare the public to act promptly on warning related to disasters prevention.
While addressing to trainees, Jean Baptiste Nsengiyumva, Director of Research and Public Awareness in MIDIMAR, explained them the definition of key concepts which are: Hazard, Disaster, Disaster risk, Exposure & Vulnerability, Coping capacity, and Resilience.
He equipped them with skills which will enable them to unpack the root causes of vulnerability; understand the nature of disaster risk, understand the importance of disaster risk reduction as a cross-cutting element of the entire disaster spectrum. He also emphasized on the role of media in disaster management.
“This training helped me to know how to conduct interview with citizens and local leaders and how to write a good headline “She added.
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