Did you know that washing hands can save lives? And that 1,400 kids under the age of five die every day from diarrhoea-related diseases because they don’t have basic sanitation facilities? Shocking isn’t it? This was just one of the things I learnt as course leader for a new training for journalists and communication professionals in November.
Learning new things is one of the best things about designing and running courses that have specific themes. The three week Multimedia Journalism & Water course run by RNTC in Hilversum and was a real eye-opener for me as well as participants from the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Surinam, Nepal, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
The course combined learning about WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) with practical multimedia skills such as writing online texts and producing video.
Safe drinking water is a easy message to sell, water for washing your hands and toilets is a lot more complicated. Journalist Rose George does it brilliantly in her TedX talk Let’s talk crap. Seriously. Definitely an idea worth spreading.
Want to know what some of the participants thought about the course? Check out the video on YouTube.
By Abi Daruvalla