USP’s media development trainer assists capacity-building in Solomon Islands
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Dr Singh (left) with Mr Kadamana and Mr Wandi.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) School of Journalism Coordinator, Dr Shailendra Singh was the lead facilitator at a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-sponsored week-long anti-corruption training for news media in the Solomon Islands from 9 to 13 April, 2018.
The workshop, organised by the Solomon Islands Media Association (MASI), was attended by about 20 participants from the news media sector and civil society organisations.
Topics ranged from the role of media in government accountability; standards and values of journalism; investigative reporting; government policy on corruption; and the role of NGO’s such as Transparency International.
Prominent speakers included, Solomon Star newspaper editor Ofani Eremae, veteran Solomon Islands media personality George Atkin, Transparency International Solomon Islands Executive Officer Ruth Liloqula, and the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation’s Leni Delavera, a leading USP journalism alumni.
The MASI President, Charles Kadamana, in his closing address stated the workshop was highly successful.
Mr Kadamana, who is also a USP journalism alumnus, stated that the feedback from participants was very positive.
“I encourage you to go out to the field and put into practice what you have learned,” Mr Kadamana told participants.
The UNDP Solomon Islands Peacebuilding Project Fund Manager Agus Wandi said the media had a key role to play in ensuring transparency so the training was not only important but relevant.
Dr Singh stated that the four days had seen some very informed and in-depth presentations by local Solomon Islanders that really deepened the participants’ knowledge.
“It is very encouraging to see so many young journalists actively participating and also contributing over the past few days. I hope you learn from this workshop as much as I did and utilise the skills,” said Dr Singh.
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