Children’s Rights Protection: Journalists Sharpen Photo Shooting Skills

Thirty pressmen from both public and private media outlets have taken part in a workshop organized by the Ministry of Communication and UNICEF in association with REJODEC.

Some 30 members of the Network of Journalists for the Promotion of the Rights of Children and Other Vulnerable People (REJODEC) have been trained in ethical reporting, photo essay production and photo shooting techniques that protect the rights and dignity of children and their close ones.

The pressmen drawn from both public and private media outlets were drilled in a threeday workshop that took place in Kribi, South Region, from August 29 to September 1, 2018. I

t was organized by the Ministry of Communication and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) within the framework of a partnership between the latter and REJODEC. Suzanne Zogo, Sub Director of the Government Action Promotion Department in the Ministry of Communication who doubles the UNICEF focal point in the Ministry, coordinated the working sessions.

At the end of the training, she harped on the importance of the lessons dished out by resource persons from UNICEF. She urged members of REJODEC to reinforce advocacy in the area of promotion and protection of children’s rights. On his part, Jules Elobo, President of the network said a field trip is scheduled to take place after the training and it is expected that the production of journalists would be of improved quality.

Outlining the major aspects of the 2018/2019 action plan of the grouping, he noted community radio stations would be actively involved in the activities of the network by virtue of the fact that they are closer to people in rural areas.

The activities of the network align with UNICEF’s humanitarian action plan which focuses on birth registration, nutrition, vaccination, education, as well as the health and protection of children and adolescents.

On hand for the closing of the seminar was Ahmadou Bello, Director of General Administration in the Ministry of Communication and Head of the MINCOM- UNICEF Partnership Project.

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