14.12.2010 -

UNESCO and the NGO Jetiquitibá conclude the programme of training for communitarian communicators

In November, UNESCO and the non-governmental organization Jequitibá have concluded the activities of another training programme for communitarian communicators, that trained around 80 people from the north and central parts of Brazil.

Between the months of June and November, workshops were held in the cities of Santarém (state of Pará, Amazon region), Brasília (capital of Brazil), Rio Branco (capital of Acre state, also in the Amazon region) and Cuiabá (capital of Mato Grosso state, in the region known as Pantanal).

This training was the third phase of the project that, between 2008 and 2009, had already trained 110 communicators in workshops offered in the towns of Recife (capital of the Pernambuco state), Aracaju (capital of Sergipe state) and Salvador (capital of Bahia state), all in the Northeast region, and also Rio de Janeiro. The methodology for this project was created by the Swiss journalists Jean-Jacques Fontaine and Yves Magat.

“This year, we held four basic modules and two complementary modules”, explains Jean-Jacques Fontaine, representative of the Swiss NGO Jequitibá. “In the basic module, we teach essential techniques as interviewing and debate moderation exercises, radio language, news writing and techniques for street interviews. In the complementary module, normally offered six months after the basic, we prioritize the evaluation of the work and we take the opportunity to refresh some notions”.

In each of the cities, the project established partnerships. In Santarém, Jequitibá received the support of the Saúde & Alegria group, an organization that does actions in the areas of health, education, forestry microeconomics, digital inclusion and popular communication for communities that live on the river bank of Lake Tapajós.

In Brasília the activities had the collaboration of professors and students of the Communication Faculty of Brasília University, one of the most prestigious in the country.

The workshops held in Rio Branco had the collaboration of the Center for the Defence of Human Rights and Popular Education that had already worked with communitarian radios in Acre. Finally, in Cuiabá, they had the support of members of the Brazilian Association of Communitarian Radios.

The basic module is done in five days and the complementary module in one day. “The idea is to put in practice some techniques that will result in good interviews, prioritization of information, showing the importance of research and that teaches how to use the internet”, said Fontaine, that worked in radios and TV in Switzerland for over 20 years. 

In 2011, the NGO Jequitibá and UNESCO plan to do four new editions of these workshops in cities of the south region of the country. At the end of the project the aim is to have around 270 popular communicators trained in all of Brazil.


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