The Peace Gong Media Literacy Training Programme BHOPAL

Date: 12 December, 2014

Venue: Anand Vihar School, Bhopal

Workshop Proceedings

Inaugural Session: The workshop began with a brief round of introduction of the resource persons as well as the participants by Kanupriya Gupta, Class X & Editor of the Peace Gong Wallpaper. The participants were given a brief about the objectives of the workshop and were also introduced to the thematic areas of the South Asian Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC). They were told about how the Peace Gong was bringing together children across South Asia to write on common concerns. The efforts of Arushi for people with disabilities were discussed and how Arushi was partnering to bring out the Peace Gong Talking Paper to ensure involvement of children with disability in the team.

Session 1: The first session was conducted by Ms. Khushboo Joshi, Correspondent of The Hindustan Times. She made a presentation on the importance of developing communication skills. She briefed about issues of missing children in Madhya Pradesh and how newspapers carried stories on the issue.

She then introduced the participants on how news was constructed, different between hard news and soft news. She shared her own experiences of reporting.  Then she delineated differences between news, features, editorials, advertisements and op-ed page articles.

Thereafter students were exposed on the writing style in newspapers. Students were given small exercises to write news stories.

Session 2: The second session was conducted by Mr Rajesh Gaba, journalist of the Hindi newspaper, The Dainik Bhaskar. He narrated his experiences and the way it feels to work as a reporter. He classified the different beats in which reporters worked. He discussed on how to cultivate contacts and develop sources to write news stories and features. He said doing adequate research and interviews were important to become a good researcher. Through simulation exercises students were told on how to conduct interviews and the salient features of good interviews.

Session 3: It consisted of the launching of The Peace Gong vol. 9 disability issue Talking Paper. Kanupriya Gupta talked how children with visual impairment could become part of the Peace Gong team. The students were motivated to not only write for the Peace Gong but also how they could give their voice in the Talking Paper.  They were looking forward to work towards the noble cause enthusiastically.

Takeaways – Voices from the Workshop

Neha Vaishnav, Class X: Through the workshop I realized how through my own media I could take up the causes of children like me. We can further the rights of children through platform like the Peace Gong. Better understanding of the media and communication skills are important in today’s world to take social concerns.  I will like to be part of the Peace Gong team and take part in different causes with other students. We children can play an important role in fighting issues like child marriage. As a new member of the Peace Gong team I would like to work with Arushi to work for the rights of children with disability.

Shubhangi Gupta, Class X: This is the first time I was exposed to media and communication training. I learnt how to collect information and interview people. Workshops like this uplift our thought and inspire us to do something positive for the society. I had never thought on the issues of missing children and those with disability before. We children should get together and work out on how we can bring changes in the lives of these children.

Gokul Rana, Class X: I am interested in writing but never got a platform to put it to some use. Now I am aware of The Peace Gong and would love to write for a cause. I’d also like to record books for Arushi.

Chandrapratap Singh, Class X: I enjoyed the workshop which educated me about the different concerns of my friends in the society. I think media training is very important for all children to ensure a collective voice of children.

Shivam Chaturvedi, Class X:  Ms Khushboo Joshi made my day today. She told us about how to write for newspaper. I was happy that she appreciated my writing on the exercise I was given during the workshop. I gained so much knowledge about media and facts that I never thought of. I loved it!

Recommendations:

More focused training programme on Reality Check is needed.

Expansion of the training programme to other schools and institutions to develop a mass of child reporters.

Tie-up with the state education department so that Peace Gong reaches to government schools

Develop vernacular editions.

More practical training sessions needed to be effective communicators

 

Kerala

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Venue:

Workshop Proceedings

Inaugural Session

The program was inaugurated by the Block Panchayat President, Mr. PK Anil Kumar. He shared his views on democratizing media and the need to keep away from sensationalism in news. Later it was presided over by Mr. K Prakashan, the Municipal Counsellor of Kalpetta. Ms Laila Saein gave details of the Peace Gong and its objectives. She spoke about the association with the South Asian Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) and its thematic areas of work.

Leader of the Year 2014 award presentation ceremony

Gouri Krishna, a 13 years old student of SKMJHigh School & Bureau Chief of the Peace Gong Waynad was awarded with the “Leader of the Year 2014”. The Chief Guest of the event, PK Anil Kumar gave the prestigious award to Miss Gouri for her contributions in upholding the rights of children and in bringing together children to have a collective voice on issues of concerns to the young people. Gouri regularly writes letters on various social issues affecting the rights of children to different bureaus of the Peace Gong as well as to school authorities. She had also send an audio message which was later broadcasted in a German Radio Show that was later presented to the president of Germany, Mr Joachim Gauck.

Session 1

Using practical examples, slides and role plays, Mr Anil Emage took the session on reporting and news presentation. The participants were told how to gather information from different sources in the field and put together an effective news story. He discussed on how to develop questions for an interview. Through simulation exercises, students were asked to conduct interviews amongst themselves on issues such as child labour etc.

Session 2

Mr MV Nishanth, Mathurbhumi led a session on media ‘The role of Media in molding a collective social behavior’. He underlined how through better understanding of the media and using a platform like the Peace Gong young people can work collectively for the community and nation as a whole.

Session 3

The students did news presentation exercises, reporting and editing sessions under the guidance of Ms Laila Saein, Mr MV Nishanth  and Mr Anil Emage.

Takeaways – Voices from the Workshop

MV Nishanth, Mathrubhumi:

Mr MV Nishanth, reporter of Mathrabhumi Media organization in his paper presentation on the topic ‘the role of media in molding a collective social behavior’ said that “Media need to be connected to grassroots reality. The land and people should be pictured in a realistic manner in the media, both print and visual. The mad race for sensationalism was affecting the credibility of the media. Therefore, value- based life enhancing quality media work are the need of the hour. He further added that Peace Gong is a model which should be introduced in every schools and media institution.

P K Anil Kumar, Block Panchayat President:

PK Anil Kumar, Block Panchayat President in his speech mentioned that “Real media efforts should focus on reality, not sensationalism. The media gives unwanted importance to superfluous happenings in the society. The media needs better direction and monitoring.

K Prakashan, Municipal Counsellor:

K Prakashan, Municipal Counsellor cited that “I am glad to join this media initiative of the Peace Gong. The media has a vital role in bringing people closer. Media play a crucial role in spreading communal harmony and national empowerment. I will like to help expand the Peace Gong in different schools of the Municapality”.

Gouri Krishna, Bureau Chief, The Peace Gong Waynad:

Gouri Krishna, the Bureau Chief of Peace Gong, Waynad who also got the award for “Leader of the year 2014”, spoken that “My experiences with Pace Gong have made me aware about the rights of the children. I wish all schools should include Peace Gong and media literacy in the classrooms. Involving children like us in media initiatives will develop our social sense and also help us to filter reality from sensationalism.”

Another two students of AFRC INDIA, Aslam K C and Ansila P A spoke on the event and thereby articulated their opinion by saying that they are glad to be a part of such a prestigious institution which also helps them to learn about media and communication. They mentioned that the initiatives taken by Peace Gong are really commendable as in the present scenario we rarely find people are involved in such activities. Media has becoming polluted whereby losing its own dignity. But at the same time such initiatives are bringing changes in the society and also helping new generation to stay involved with. It is very important that every states, every village, every institution owe such kind of initiatives thus bringing changes in the society and also in work process. They further quoted that such ideas and action would help media to stand as the fourth pillar of democracy in true sense.

Jincy, student representing AFRC

Practical media training helps student to get an insight in the way journalists work. We found the training very useful in our personal lives. Also the exposure to different forms of violence against children like child trafficking made us reflect more deeply as citizens and what we should do.

Sujith, student representing AFRC

Students with the media literacy training realised the way media works and also got interested in engaging with media activities. We understood how to collect information and develop questions for interviews.

Recommendations

  1. More frequent communication and media training was needed for students of the Waynad District.
  2. A proper strategy on how to involve children from different schools together as a collective unit was needed to make impact at policy level and in the administration.
  3. Training in how to effectively use the digital media and for instance mobiles (which now vast majority of children themselves use) could help young people use these technology more proactively.
    1. There is further more scope for making such events more effective. More resource persons from various fields could be involved in such event thereby making it more persuasive and worthwhile. At the same time there needs more media exposure as such events are immensely useful especially to the younger generation. There is further scope for more involvement of the people in such events. Such events are fruitful for every individual of the society irrespective of age, sex, position, status, etc. Therefore, more active participation in the near future is excepted so that every single individual stay aware of media scenario in the country and thus involved in making and brining change in the ongoing system.

     

    Tezpur, Assam

    Date: 20 December 2014

    Venue: Tezpur Axomiya Balika Mojoliya Bidyalay, Tezpur

    Workshop Proceedings

    Inaugural Session: The workshop began with a brief round of introduction of the resource persons as well as the participants. The participants were given a brief about the objective of the workshop. They were introduced to the thematic areas of SAIEVAC. Mr Rihan Ali made a presentation on the Peace Gong and how it was connecting children from different regions.

    Session 1: The first session was conducted by Mr Pramathesh Borkotoky, Editor of the online variety magazine- Fried Eye. Mr Borkotoky familiarized the children on the different types of writings, and gave them some idea about how to identify story ideas and how to develop a story. He gave them a topic- ‘Tezpur festival’ and asked them to write whatever they could about it. The children could not come up with much at first, but after a little more probing from him, two of them came up with points to cover while researching for information on the topic.

    Session 2: The second session was conducted by Rihan Ali. Rihan recounted his own experiences of how he started Surovi, a platform to promote child participation and how they have been working for the society. He talked about the importance of participation in the development of the society and about the role that they, as children, could play in the growth and betterment of the society. He narrated stories and citied examples of in what ways young people have contributed to changing the society by being the change themselves. He explained the issues of child marriage in the region and problems faced by children with disability in chaporis (riverine islands in the Brahmaputra). He discussed with the team on how the Peace Gong was trying to take up the thematic areas of SAIEVAC and how children were doing reality check exercises on these issues.

    Session 3: The post lunch session was conducted jointly by Muktikam Hazarika and Tinam Borah. Muktikam taught the children about different types of news and how to differentiate between them as well as to identify newsworthy information. His session also included an exercise in which Muktikam asked the children to draw a picture of a princess exactly the way he described. Though he gave specific instructions, the children ended up drawing the princess as per their pre-conceived ideas of how a princess should be. The resource person then explained to them how information can be twisted and modified when published/telecast in the media.

    Tinam explained to the children about the structure of a news story, its different elements and characteristics. She also explained to them about how to prepare for and conduct an interview. A mock interview was conducted by two of the participants after this session.

    Takeaways – Voices from the Workshop

    Ankita Sarmah, a student of 8th standard said that she was very happy to join the programme. She also said that it was an amazing and interesting day for her that gave her lessons about understanding of the media and how to write for it. According to her learning how to collect information and conducting interviews were important.

    Ankita Kalita, a 10th standard student said that she learnt many new things like violence against children, rights, concerns of missing children, child participation etc. She also said that from Mr Rihan Ali she has learnt about social responsibility and how to work for the welfare of the society. From Ms Tinam Borah she got to know about the inverted pyramid style of writing and how to write news and features. She felt more exposure was needed for conducting reality check.

    Biraj Kakati said that he had learnt many new and interesting things. He came to know how children like him could use the media to write on issues of concerns of children.  He said he and his team would like to do reality check on the problems of child labour in Tezpur.

    Deepjyoti Borah, said that he was very happy to attended the workshop where he got to learned about how to write a news headline. He said that the task of drawing the princess was very interesting as because with the help of it they got the idea about how to develop ones story by giving various idea. The discussion on issues of child marriage, child labour and missing children gave him new insights on concerns of children like him.

    Dolly Choudhury said that she felt very happy that she got the chance to learn about writing news story. The session where the resource persons discussed story ideas and prompted to reflect on  new ideas for writing was significant. She also said that she had learnt to look at news more critically, and tried to absorb the different dimensions of concerns like child trafficking. She wanted to be an active member of the Peace Gong team and raise her voice against exploitation of children.

    Garima Borah said that she was happy to learn how to conduct reality check and interviews, how to communicate with the people and use her communication skills to raise child rights issues. She also learnt about the problems of child labour, child trafficking, etc.

    Recommendations

    The children are expecting more workshops for further learning and also they need more time to learn and develop their writing skills. They wanted to develop Peace Gong wallpaper in Assamese. They wanted the training methodology to have fun exercises and games and not merely lecture.

    Manipur

    Date: 8 November, 2014

    Venue: Maheiral Sindamsang Khurai Lamlong

    Workshop Proceedings

    Inaugural Session: The workshop began with the welcome speech delivered by Mr John, Secretary, Maheiral Sindamsang. He warmly welcome the volunteers and organizers and expressed his immense happiness and pleasure for conducting the valuable programme which would enrich the student perspective and broaden the knowledge about media.

    Lokendro Ch., Volunteer, Kasturba Gandhi Institute for Development, gave the keynote and introduced the students about the Peace Gong. He mentioned that the Peace Gong is a children’s platform set up under the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation which has a main objective to build up bridges of friendship among the children of the world for a global nonviolent future. He also added that Peace Gong promote children participation to contribute towards a culture of peace and nonviolence through media literacy. He called for the student’s involvement in the Peace Gong and encourages them to join the team for the students venture.

    Mr Lokendra briefed about the partnership with the children’s team of The Peace Gong with the South Asian Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC). He briefly discussed the thematic issues of SAIEVAC and said how children using their communication skills lend their voice on these areas of concerns of children across the country.

    Session 1: The programme took a colourful turn when Christina Khundrakpam, Class X and Associate Editor of The Peace Gong delivered a speech on the importance of Media Literacy Training Programme. She pointed out the useful ways of media in today’s life and its contribution towards a peaceful world. She added that the Peace Gong Media Literacy Training Programme will help the student understand the true harm that violence causes and develop their communicative skill to promote peace and nonviolence. Effective communication is very necessary in every field of life right from a student’s life up to adulthood.

    An interesting game of Chinese Whisper Game was followed by as a part of her speech. Later at the end of the game she pointed out the defect of one way communication from the game. She said that we should always give positive feedback to any communication by listening it properly without any addition of our own ideas and thoughts. She concluded that a proper listening is compulsory in any field.

    This was followed by Dr Oinam Sareeta Devi, Advisor, The Peace Gong who through an interactive session and role plays took the participants to the essence of communication, the art of being a good communicator. It was realized the Peace Gong reporters through good communication skills can take up many issues of concerns in their society- whether through traditional media or modern media like newspapers, radio, digital media etc.

    Session 2: In the second session the children shared their views on issues of child trafficking, child labour and cases of increased violence against children across the state and the North-East.

    After this Dr Sareeta Devi took over the session and stressed on the importance of collective work to address these challenges. She said a partnership between people from different generations was needed to challenge the cases of violence against children. Through slides and practical examples, she said how children could be discoverer of information and use these using their communication skills.

    A brief session followed on how children could construct messages against violence on children was held. The participants came up with their own slogans on issues such as child trafficking etc.

    The programme winded up with a song “Suno Suno a Dunia Walon Bapu ki Yeh Amar Kahani” from the Peace Gong Team.

    Takeaways – Voices from the Workshop

    1. Board Members of the School:- The programme gave their students a platform to show their potent talent and they want to host more such programmes.
    2. Staff:- Training students in communications and media was an important way to unearth hidden potential of children. This will help in their studies also as through these skills they can connect to knowledge outside the school curriculum. There was active teacher-student participation.
    3. Students got exposure to the thematic areas of SAIEVAC, they could get an opportunity to ponder on these issues and learn the importance of communication literacy.
    4. I Manoj, Class XII: Dr Sareeta Devi’s focus on nonviolent communication inspired me. I think the Peace Gong should be a movement to promote nonviolent communications amongst children as it is the need of the hour. We have to respect each other then only we can address issues of violence.
    5. Lanleima Devi, Class X: We all know about the concerns of child trafficking. But the workshop made us reflect on the gravity of the situation. We children should come together in the Peace Gong platform to have one voice against violence of any kind on any child.
    6. More such programme that brings the hidden talents of the students is warmly welcomed, the school management, staff and students felt.

    Recommendations

    1. Regular sessions on communication and media training in different schools of Manipur as part of the Peace Gong Initiative.
    2. Poster making classes on various new topics by the Peace Gong.
    3. Classes on more topics by eminent person.
    4. Thrust on communication for peace and nonviolent communication.

    Date: 3 December, 2014

    Venue: Ibotonsana Girls’ Hr. Secondary School, Uripok, Imphal

    Workshop Proceedings

    Inaugural Session: At the beginning of the workshop,Dr.  O. Sareeta Devi welcomed all the dignitaries and students to the function and mentioned that negative communication may and often leads to violence therefore effective and positive communication is necessary.

    She spoke on the collaboration between The Peace Gong and SAIEVAC. She also introduced the thematic areas of SAIEVAC to the children.

    Session 1: In this session Shri Hemantakumar, Editor Huyen Lanpao spoke on the ’Effective Communication and Media Literacy’. He expressed that effective communication and media literacy is just like the two faces of a coin, it goes parallel. We all used electronic gadgets in one or the other forms, all we need is to use it in good and positive way. He mentioned that Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji use effective communication and media as a tool for his success.  So, we need to learn a lot from him and use media in positive way and in appropriate time. He added that we should always think and analyze the inner meaning and deep thinking in communication. Instead of gossiping, make groups and discuss on varieties of the issues on how to serve the society. Let us serve and die for the society. Effective  and proper listening is compulsory in every field may it be in studies or in media without proper listening communication may turn negative and lead to unwanted violence.

    Session 2: This session was conducted byProf. Ganesh Sethi. He talked about ‘Mass Communication and Media Literacy. He taught the student about “What is News and How to create it”. News is the new things which are of great interest. Not only people who studies mass communication, but students can also create news with a simple but effective formula i.e. W5 and H1 formula. The W5 are What, Where, When, Who, Why and H stand for How. What indicate the aim, where indicate location and site, when indicates timing, who indicates target people and why indicate the purpose, again how indicate the methodologies. With this formula he clarified that every article or news or stories will be successful and may reach the target people in a very effective way. The students found these new things very interesting and give good response and also thanked for guiding their writing passion to a new and effective form.

    Through a brief exercise, he explained how the young reporters can gather factual information from the field and develop their news story.

    Session 3: The programme was followed by Brain storming session of Chinese whisper game and development of poster. From the Chinese Whisper Game it was concluded that from one source of news due to involvement of personal feedback and improper hearing we get different types of news deviated from the exact news. Sometimes these type of deviation leads to unwanted violence even up to the level of community riot. From this session the students came to know and realized themselves the importance of proper and effective listening and doubt clearance before reacting with the information which we received.

    Takeaways – Voices from the Workshop

    The students expressed that the programme was very helpful to them. They came to know new things from the resource person. It gave them a platform to show and develop their inner potent writing skill and also awaken from the deep sleep of misusing electronic gadget and media. It really influenced them and they would circulate this lesson to their near and dear one. They even got information regarding mass communication which some of them want to pursue as their carrier after plus two level. They wanted more such programmes to be arranged. At the end of the session the students took Oath to be an ‘Effective and Proper listeners and become Good Communicator and Serve the Society and also Avoid Misusing Media’.

    Smt. Geetarani Devi Head of Department, Physics Ibotonsana Girls’ Hr. Secondary School: She expressed and encouraged their students to develop and contribute their writing skill. Pen is mightier then sword so the students should come up and used their writing as tool to erase ill fates of the society and serve it.

    Shri S. Khogendro Singh, Teacher Kha-Imphal High School: He talked about the Peace Gong Newspaper and invited the students their contribution to it and also advised them to stop misusing media, as students are the pillar of the society. So, you should not be under the dark screen of ignorance, wasting of time, idleness and illuminating mirage sight. Instead join the Peace Gong team and take up the cause of the society by collaborating with other children across the length and breadth of the country.

    O.Ronibala Chanu, Class XII: I could never imagine that I could reach out to many people just by being nonviolent in my communications. Training in Nonviolent Communications should be made compulsory for school students.

    Ningboikim Kipgen, Class XI: Prof Sethi’s session on how we students could go to the field, collect information and then write our news was inspiring. I aspire to be a Peace Gong Reporter and hope to write on issues of concern in my community.

    Lhingneihoi Touthang, Class XII: I will be happy to work with students of other schools of Manipur in the Peace Gong team to take up the issue of violence against children.

    Sri N. Tomba: He thanked SAIEVAC and the organizing team for arranging such a valuable seminar in the school and also invited to arrange such programmes for their students in the school again.

    Recommendations:

    1. More structured sessions on Nonviolent Communications as part of the Peace Gong Media Literacy Programme was needed and demanded by the school authorities, teachers and students.
    2. Media Literacy Programme and workshops on health related issues should be arranged frequently in their school.
    3. Student exposure programmes like Quiz and Debate on issues of environment, violence against children was welcomed.
    4. The Principal of the School hoped to host more collaborative programmes.
    5. Awareness programmes on violence against girls due to misusing of media should be arranged in their school.
    6. Awareness programmes on violence against women and girl child should be arranged with eminent persons taking classes in their school.

 

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