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Project undertaken by E4a and UTPC progresses well

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UTPC/E4A Board Member deliberating on issues at UTPC premises, in Mwanza recently. From left are UTPC Executive Director Mr. Abubakar Karsan, Mr. Kenneth Simbaya (Centre) and Ms. Chiku Lweno all from E4A.

A project jointly implemented by Union of Tanzania Press Clubs (UTPC) and Evidence for Action (E4A), undera Memorandum of Understanding signed in Mwanza on 5th February, 2014 progresses well.

The acknowledgement is contained in the project’s first quarter evaluation report, submitted at a recent meeting of a E4A and UTPC Board, held in Mwanza.

The Board members greeted the pace of the project implementation with a general satisfaction, given that only 15 champions and mentors had actively contributed news stories and feature articles out of 24 identified earlier on for the that task.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the programme popularly known as Mama ye!  Simply envisages that by using better information and improved advocacy and accountability, deaths of mothers and babies that do occur before, during and after birth can be mitigated.

To that effect, a special training was organized in Dar es Salaam in May, 2014 whose participants were drawn from all 23 Press Clubs to give them required journalistic skills in reporting.

After lengthy discussions, the Board meeting resolved to adopt a new monitoring system according to which quantity and quality of stories filed from the regions and duration can be determined.

It was also resolved only journalism practitioners who have demonstrated diligence be considered first for the up-coming, 2nd training, slated for Dodoma between 15th and 16th November, 2014.

Also resolved was the idea that E4A should have an e –mail address of its own to facilitate dissemination of Mama ye! – related information, news stories and feature articles for the benefit of interested journalists who will wish to remain. 

On Tuwasiliane newpaper, it was resolved that its editorial Board should meet for it to be able to see how best the publication can be in circulation at the end of every month.

Following Stella Mwaikus’s demise, the meeting resolved that Mr Kenneth Simbaya be a mentor in her place, charged with ascertaining stories filed by all the journalists who were working under her supervision.

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