National Coordinator Meeting successfully held in Nairobi
2009 National Coordinator meeting for the International AIDS
Candlelight Memorial program successfully concluded
recently. The first meeting of the program’s national
representatives took place January 30 to February 1, 2009,
in Nairobi, Kenya.
purpose of the meeting was to prepare national coordinators
for their new roles and to provide an opportunity for
international exchange of best practices. In sum, the
meeting was dynamic and productive, drawing out ideas and
feedback that will help to move the program forward and
broadening participants’ understanding about their
2009 National Coordinator meeting was hosted by the Global
Health Council and co-facilitated by Todd Lawrence,
International Outreach Coordinator and Duncan Rollason,
International Outreach Assistant of Global Health Council.
Soledad Perpiñan, Third World Movement Against the
Exploitation of Women- Philippines and Regional Coordinator
of Asia as well as Bernadette Otieno, St. Rita’s Orphan
Care, Kenya and Mayowa Joel, Communication for Development
Center, Nigeria- both are Regional Coordinators of Africa
assisted to facilitated the meeting.
meeting took place at the Methodist Guest House in Nairobi
where participants – representing some 21 countries around
the world. Mr. G M Mourtoza, Director of CCD Bangladesh took
part in the important meeting as a National Coordinator of
Bangladesh. All the participants were engaged in a series of
sessions designed to foster discussion and learning about
the Candlelight Memorial program and the national
coordinator initiative. In addition to the sessions, the
group visited local organizations focusing on HIV/AIDS in
the Nairobi area to expose participants to how local groups
are addressing the issue in Kenya. The Global Health Council
is particularly thankful for support by the Ford Foundation
and the Abbott Fund to host the meeting.
this meeting, National coordinators will have an opportunity
to share their ideas with the Council about the upcoming
theme and poster, which the Council will share with the
International Advisory Board. It was also proposed that the
Council create country web pages for the national
coordinators to share reports, best practices and other
important information online.
suggestion was raised that national coordinators should
promote the Candlelight Memorial at other relevant
international and regional meetings, such as World TB Day or
the Day of the African Child.
To sustain and expand the Candlelight Memorial in countries, several members independently raised the notion of integrating the program into national frameworks and plans.
Personality G M Mourtoza Awarded
November 20: Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) offered
special award to media personality G M Mourtoza for his
outstanding contribution in encouraging debate practice to
flourish creativity of the students and youth community in
was awarded in an auspicious function held at Rajshahi
District Council Auditorium on Monday. Chief Guest in the
function former Advisor of the Care Taker Government of
Bangladesh M Hafiz Uddin Khan handed over the award to G M
Mourtoza. Noted litterateur Prof Hasan Azizul Hoque, Freedom
Fighter Prof Shamsul Alam Bir Protik, Regional Chief of
Banglalink Jahir Uddin Md Nadib and President of BDF
Tasinuddin Ahmed attended the function as special guests.
With sponsorship and cooperation of Banglalink and BDF,
Group of Liberal Debators (GOLD)-Rajshahi University (RU)
organized this function. The winners and debaters of the
Inter-university Debate Championship were also awarded in
mass communication oriented knowledge centre CCD Bangladesh
patronized by media personality G M Mourtoza has been
organizing debate workshops and competitions for last
several years to enhance skills, capacity, leadership
quality and creativity of the students and youth community
in Rajshahi region. In the history of Rajshahi University,
CCD has arranged for the first time inter-department debate
competition, inter-college debate competition,
inter-personal debate competition, parliamentary debate
competition, debate festival, orientation, workshop and
training courses here. The participants and beneficiaries of
the debate programs of CCD formed GOLD with the
patronization of CCD Bangladesh.
CCD authority thanked officials and members of BDF, GOLD and Banglalink for presenting G M Mourtoza special award.
Workshop in Information Literacy for South and Central Asia
concluded in India
three daylong workshop in Information Literacy has
successfully concluded on 7 November 2008, at Punjabi
University in Patiala, India. This Workshop, which is one in
the series of eleven IFAP-funded TTT workshops, is organized
by the Department of Library and Information Science of
Punjabi University from 5 to 7 November. The workshop was
inaugurated through a colorful opening ceremony on 5
November 2008, at Senate Hall of the Punjabi University in
Dr Amrik Singh, educationist and former Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, inaugurated the Workshop. In his address, he stressed the importance of information literacy training at school level and of the need to promote wider use of knowledge and information through informal channels.
Mr. Sidhu Damdami, Editor of Punjabi Tribune (a daily newspaper), in his presentation of a media perspective of information literacy, observed that World Wide Web has taken the shape of 'wild wild web'. He emphasized the need to promote information literacy to save the innocent minds from further damage. He also felt that the information literacy campaigns should be directed towards providing knowledge to the adults.
tenth UNESCO Training-the-Trainers (TTT) aims
at providing a platform for creating a pool of trainers in
information literacy who will impart information and media
literacy skills to the graduate and post-graduate students
and researchers in their respective institutions across the
About 50 participants and 10 resource persons from the South and Central Asia are attending the event, which is the successor of two information literacy sub-regional workshops held in South Asia:
Resource persons and participants from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan have stressed the importance of information literacy curricula for library and media schools in South and Central Asia. As a result of this discussion, a working group has been created in order to develop a model of such curriculum, in consultations with teachers, professional associations and other stakeholders in the respective regions.
G M Mourtoza, Director of CCD and renowned media activist of
Bangladesh took part in the workshop as a resource person.
CCD will arrange a number of such kind workshops and
orientation courses on
Information Literacy in Bangladesh in near feature.
Prof. Jagtar Singh, Head of the Department of Library and Information Science and Dean of Faculty of Education and Information Science of Punjabi University has successfully coordinated the workshop.
Personality G M Mourtoza appointed as Bangladesh Coordinator
of Global Health Council
personality and director of CCD Bangladesh, G M Mourtoza has
been appointed as Bangladeshi National Coordinator of Global
Health Council, USA based international development
recognition of the creative activities and unique
contribution of Mr Mourtoza and CCD, a knowledge center run
under his supervision, in creating mass awareness on
HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh, he has been appointed in this
significant post recently. Since 2004, he has been working
as Community Coordinator of International AIDS Candlelight
Memorial Program of Global Health Council.
1972, the Global Health Council has been implementing
extensive programs on health rights and protection of the
people in more than 100 countries in the world. As
Bangladesh Coordinator, Mr Mourtoza will provide
consultation and assistance to campaign and implementation
of International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Program of Global
Health Council in different regions and communities in the
country. Moreover, he will present experience and learning
of HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs of Bangladesh
in different meetings and workshops to be held in different
Notably, under the supervision of Mr Mourtoza, knowledge center CCD has been implementing media and cultural campaign and advocacy programs in creating mass awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention in different countries in Bangladesh since 2002. For the first time in Bangladesh CCD successfully developed AIDS related website and introduced AIDS journalism. Besides, CCD successfully involved hundred of students and youth peoples in AIDS prevention and awareness raising activities in Bangladesh.
Radio Broadcasting Training Workshop conclude in Nepal
radio has a lot of potentiality
marginalized people’s voices and create
massive awareness on several socio-development issues and
policy advocacy as well.
was expressed in a weeklong Online Radio Broadcasting
Training Workshop held from 19 to 23 June at Panos South
Asia Media Centre in Kathmandu. Panos
South Asia (PSA) is a part of a family of Panos
Institute worldwide organised the training workshop.
aims of the workshop were to provide know-how on the
potential of the Internet offers to radio and point them to
ways of incorporating it in their respective media outlets'
strategy. Based on hands-on training in digital
technologies, the workshop curriculum have covered the
issues of distributing material online and the techniques of
streaming content to global audiences. Trainees have
acquainted with the latest real-time on-line broadcasting
technologies, as well as with the fundamentals of
digitisation of multimedia input, encoding, compression
standards and online audio streaming.
Kishor Pradhan, Country Representative of Panos
Nepal and Mr. Karun Thapa, one of the key ICT & e-media
expert of Nepal have conducted the technical sessions of the
training. Mr. Sathis, Ms. Dawa and Ms. Katha provided
all-out support to successfully arrange the training
A total of 22 participants comprising broadcasters, journalists, multimedia developers and communication and ICT professionals attended the workshop. The participants where come from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Srilanka, Bhutan and Nepal.
G M Mourtoza, Director of communication based knowledge
centre CCD Bangladesh also took part in the workshop as a
you have any questions or comments regarding this
website and/or CCD’s activities, please write to us