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National Coordinator Meeting successfully held in Nairobi

The 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.  

The 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 mission.  

The 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.

The 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. 

In 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.  

The 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.

Media Personality G M Mourtoza Awarded

Rajshahi, 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 Rajshahi region.

He 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 the function.

Notably, 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.

TTT Workshop in Information Literacy for South and Central Asia concluded in India

A 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 Patiala, India.

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.

The Workshop (The 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 sub-regions.

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:  

  • International Workshop on Information Skills for Learning, organized by National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS) in Colombo from 1 to 5 November 2004; and 

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.

Mr. 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.

Media Personality G M Mourtoza appointed as Bangladesh Coordinator of Global Health Council

Media personality and director of CCD Bangladesh, G M Mourtoza has been appointed as Bangladeshi National Coordinator of Global Health Council, USA based international development organization.

As 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.

Since 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 countries.

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.

Online Radio Broadcasting Training Workshop conclude in Nepal

Online radio has a lot of potentiality to raise marginalized people’s voices and create massive awareness on several socio-development issues and policy advocacy as well.

It 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.

The 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. 

Mr. 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 workshop.

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. 

Mr. G M Mourtoza, Director of communication based knowledge centre CCD Bangladesh also took part in the workshop as a resource person.

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