White Ribbon Alliance Uganda trains on Citizen Journalism

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Recently, the White Ribbon Alliance in Uganda;  an organization advocating for increased maternal health and reduced death of unborn children in Uganda trained a number of its volunteers from Lira, Mityana and Kabale Districts on how they can use new media – Citizen journalism skills to monitor and report maternal and health service delivery issues within their respective communities. The three days workshop was conducted at the WOUGNET Community Development Through Technology Center (CDTC)

Some participants learn to use cameras at the center

The Community Development through Technology Center (CDTC) was set up with funding from 1%Club to establish an ICT training Center in which poor communities within Kampala can get high quality ICT training to improve their entrepreneurial and income generation abilities. The Center was set up in Kamwokya, which is one of the largest suburbs in Uganda with majority of them slum dwellers, unemployed and low level of education. Often, majority of community members in this area is looking for livelihood strategies to support their families and household and yet these strategies may both be good and others bad considering living conditions in these communities.

A lady participants learns

The WOUGNET center has for several months been used to offer ICT trainings including customized web 2.0 and social media training. Recently, the White Ribbon Alliance for safe motherhood in Uganda conducted a training for its participants for 3 days at the center. A reach Up program targeting youth in these areas have also been taking place at the center organized by the Digital Opportunity Trust in Uganda (DOT-Uganda)

A cross section of participants at the training Center

Participants during the White Ribbon Alliance training came from Kabale, Lira and Mityana districts and some components of Citizen’s media of how to use a camera and social media to track and report on progress of Government service delivery on its commitment to maternal and newborn health service delivery within their communities were conducted.  Facilitators for the training included Mr. Samuel Ssenfuka of the White Ribbon Alliance office in Kampala and Mr. Gerald Businge Ateenyi of the Ultimate Media Consult

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Moses Owiny