By Lillian Sopera Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
21 participants, including a teacher from the Port Moresby International School and 2 Youth Advocates from the Sanap Wantaim Campaign, participated in a workshop facilitated by TIPNG’s Youth Integrity Program (YIP).
YIP conducted a 3 day Media Smart Youth (MSY) Workshop with students from 11 secondary schools in Port Moresby and the Central Province and two different organisations.
Transparency International recognises the role that youth play in nation building and creating a better future for Papua New Guinea, thus it carries out activities to inform and empower youth through its Youth Integrity Program (YIP).
Workshop topics included among others: interviewing techniques, how to write short stories and feature stories, using social media as a tool for advocacy and organising a press conference.
Participants were also taken through team building exercises to help increase their confidence when interacting with each other and the workshop speakers.
The workshop ended with a media conference, organised by the participants, and was attended by members of the media and TIPNG Executive Director, Arianne Kassman.
YIP Coordinator, Dagia Aka said “…Media Smart Youth is very important…young people can start using the various forms of the media available to them as tools for advocating against corruption and for a better future, and ensure that their voices are heard.”
Gerehu Secondary School student participant, Marie Jose Laua thanked TIPNG for the opportunity to learn about the media and the many ways they as young people can properly utilise the media to speak up about issues that they are concerned about.
She said, “Through the workshop, they are now more confident and ready to put into practice what they have learned.”
Speakers at the workshop included Click TV Journalist and Producer Florida Gulaseni, Videographer Jerry Albaniel, and Writer/blogger Ms Tess Gizoria.
Transparency International PNG through its Youth Integrity Program plans to carry out similar workshops throughout the rest of the year to continue to empower young people and provide them with the opportunity to raise their voices on issues that they are concerned about such as corruption.
Image: Transparency International PNG