Empowering youth

Transparency International recognises the role that youth play in nation building and creating a better future for PNG, thus it carries out activities to inform and empower youth through its Youth Integrity Program (YIP).

YIP conducted a three-day Media Smart Youth (MSY) Workshop with students from secondary schools in Port Moresby and Central Province at the Dream Hub of The Voice Inc. in Port Moresby.

YIP Coordinator, Dagia Aka, said having Media Smart Youth was very important in that young people can start using the various forms of the media available to them as tools for advocating against corruption and for a better future, and ensure that their voices are heard.

A total of 21 participants, including a teacher from the Port Moresby International School and two youth advocates from the Sanap Wantaim Campaign, participated in the workshop.

Speakers at the workshop included Click TV journalist and producer Florida Gulaseni, videographer Jerry Albaniel and writer and blogger Tess Gizoria.

Workshop topics included writing letters to the editor, interviewing techniques, public speaking, how to write short stories and feature stories, photography, Videography, print media, broadcast media, using social media as a tool for advocacy and, radio and radio jingles and organising a press conference.

Participants were also taken through team building exercises to help increase their confidence when interacting with each other and the workshop speakers.

The workshop ended last Thursday with a media conference attended by members of the media and TIPNG Executive Director, Arianne Kassman.

The event was organised and set up by the participants using the knowledge they gained from the workshop.

They also took part in a question and answer panel discussion and held a mini exhibition of four media products they were tasked to create:

  1. Photo exhibition to show the photography skills they learned
  2. Letters to the Editor on issues of concern
  3. Short stories and feature stories of unique PNG experiences
  4. Video diary that integrated the interviewing and videography

Participants were from the Saint Joseph’s International Catholic College, Port Moresby International School, Sogeri National High School, Jubilee Catholic Secondary School, La Salle Technical College, Gerehu Secondary School, De La Salle Secondary School, Marianville Secondary School, Port Moresby National High School, Kilakila Secondary School, Kopkop College, Sanap Wantaim Campaign and The Voice Inc.

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