Journalism practitioners in the country, through respective Press Clubs are to continue being exposed to Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) –funded professional training until 2020, with a view to sharpening further the mass communicators’ skills.
A Swedish Embassy official responsible for projects, Mr. Stephen Chimalo gave the assurances at an Environmental training organized for 26 reporters in total, drawn from Press Clubs across the country, which was held in Morogoro’s Flomi Hotel on 23rd November, 2017.
He told the journalists in attendance at the five – day training, organized under UTPC Strategic Plan (2016 -2020), that Swedish government supports the media in order to enable all 27 Press Clubs, scattered all over United Republic of Tanzania, to fulfill their communication obligation more effectively.
At least 285 journalism practitioners have already been exposed to the training in various disciplines and subsequently awarded certificates of attendance in 2017 alone.
They include training in broadcasting, training in policy analysis & budget tracking, training in human rights, training in gender, training in environmental issues, training in investigative journalism, training in rural journalism and training in health.
According to Mr. Chimalo, the Embassy strives to see to it that the Press Clubs are capable of standing on their own feet, thus making incredible development strides in terms of sensitizing the general public to participating in nation – building endeavours the processing.
However, he cautioned that for the aforesaid infant Press Clubs to be able to do the needful even more vibrantly than ever before, each individual Club ought to have huge membership(s), among other things.
Proposing a vote of thanks in the end, on behalf of fellow UTPC Board members, Ms. Pendo Mwakyembe who was among the training participants, expressed optimism that the training arrangement would not only promote professionalism, but also enables the journalists to exhibit diligent servanthood.
For his side, Mr. Deodatus Mfugale who was a facilitator of the training, challenged them to help amplify voices of both women and children, a society’s special group which is being devastated by climate change side – effects in particular and environmental catastrophes in general (ends).