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The MultiMedia Training Kit Experience in Nigeria

16-03-2005 (Paris)
Chinyere Ljomah, founder and project officer of the Youth Repositioning Foundation in Nigeria, came across the MultiMedia Training Kit (MMTK) whilst browsing the UNESCO website. Aided by her background in mass communication, she was inspired to use the training kit in her seminars. “The MMTK was very useful to me in packaging my workshops and seminars and also evaluating the effectiveness of these programmes”, she explained.
The Youth Repositioning Foundation is a Lagos-based NGO, which seeks to sensitize, educate and re-orientate children and youth on HIV/AIDS, child rights and social problems such as sexual harassment, drug abuse, prostitution and female circumcision.

Chinyere has developed training manuals for seminars, talk shows and workshops, by applying sections of the MMTK to her areas of specialization. She discovered the benefits of running pre-workshop activities before the main workshop; learned to make use of MMTK resources such as handouts, exercises and workshop evaluation forms and has copied and shared the kit with friends.

Nine international organizations, including OneWorld International, the Association for Progressive Communication and the International Institute for the Development of Communication, have joined UNESCO in building up the MMTK as a set of open access, workshop-ready training materials, aimed at community trainers. It is distributed on CD ROM and can be downloaded from the ItrainOnline web site. Production of a considerable number of units in the kit has also come from the UK Department for International Development’s Programme for "Catalyzing Access to IT in Africa" (CATIA).

A proponent of the maxim, ‘knowledge is power’ and an advocate of positive learning, Chinyere says she has used the ‘writing content for radio’ unit not only to improve her own radio scripting skills, but also in seminars to teach the children ‘life skills’ through drama, how to write songs and by giving them assignments, such as writing news stories. When using the PowerPoint presentation on violence against women, she determined to hone her own PowerPoint skills and to train others to use it, in order to continue the message.

“The content is very rich and educative. The curricula cuts across many topics such as reporting on HIV/AIDS, preventing violence against women, conflict resolution, producing content for the radio, radio browsing, writing for the web and contents under ‘technical skills”, she noted.

Chinyere will now use the toolkit to train youths across Nigeria. On the 18th March she intends to use the MMTK for a youth conference in Lagos. The kit has helped her to produce a newsletter on HIV/AIDS and various training manuals.

“The MMTK is very useful and it has a very high, positive impact on trainers and trainees”, she concluded. However, she feels that there is a need to develop further curricula, content and material – and for trainers to be given the opportunity of practical internships or training programmes abroad.

(Reporting by OneWorld International)
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      · The Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK)
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