Kolkata, Feb 28 IBNS | 6 months ago

World Vision India, a national NGO that works for children recently hosted a journalism workshop from Feb 25 to Feb 28, aimed at introducing children (from classes IX to XII), to the basics of journalism and photography in order to enable them to use the media as a platform to get their voices heard, here at the Indian Institute of Training and Development (IITD), Thakurpukur.


"What, when, where, who, why and how," said Eram Ali, a class X student, when asked about the key points that a journalist should keep in mind while writing an article.

Eram was one of the nineteen children who participated in the journalism workshop.

The participants of the workshop were from two World Vision India 'My City' initiative projects - Kolkata HIV AIDS Project and Snehadeep; and included street children and children from HIV-affected families.

The workshop brought together children from different areas, and proved to be a space where they could talk freely about issues which mattered to them, and learn to express them through media tools.

Children were taught how to present an issue, how to describe events and situations, and how to summarize content in a news article.

Mock interviews were also held, where the children posed as journalists, asking questions related to illiteracy, child labour and community hygiene.

With the cameras made available to them, the participants also learnt how to click the right frames, after they were introduced to the basic concepts of photography like the shot angle, frame dimensions and lighting.



Salauddin Ansari, a Class X boy spoke about how he met similar children who shared his social conditions through the workshop.

"We knew child labour was wrong, but were clueless about how to respond against it. The workshop has helped us understand the problem better, and helped us to share the feelings of other children who go through difficult situations," he said.

"The workshop taught us so many things, I would love to become a journalist when I grow up," added Pooja, a Class X girl.

The children were trained in interviewing, article-writing and photography.

Ajitson Justus, facilitator of the workshop spoke about how the workshop provides the children key skills to be aware of their social situations.

"This training would enable them to see and express things that matter to them in a meaningful way, and educates them for life," he said.

The organizers hoped that the training these children received would open their eyes to the opportunities provided by media to raise their concerns.

"As we are working with poor and vulnerable children, we hope this workshop would help them to serve the nation through dissemination and analysis of social issues," said Krupa Sudheer, Program Officer, Kolkata HIV AIDS Project - World Vision India-My city initiative, Kolkata.

On the third day of the workshop the children were taken for a field trip where they interviewed and researched on topics like computer education, various family problem, child labour, stop child marriage and education less children.

On Friday the works of the children, including photography and article writing was exhibited at Loretto Girls School, Sealdah.

(Posted on 28-02-2014)


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