Two Sierra Leonean JHR trainers of the program known as TTT ( Train the trainers) made history recently.
They had the opportunity to conduct a workshop for another international NGO, Handicap International. This is the first time that JHR trainers in the TTT program have provided training workshops for an NGO besides JHR.
Martha Kargbo and Kevin Lamdo are both in the TTT program,which means they are being trained to become full time journalism trainers themselves for other local journalists in the country.
Kargbo and Lamdo spent an entire afternoon providing the training to volunteers who work with people facing disabilities. Some of the workers are also living with disabilities themselves. The aim was to improve how they write reports and issues they are working on.
Kargbo says it is a step in the right direction for JHR, “Partnering with other NGO’s that are dealing with human rights issues especially disabilities, it’s a very good thing because we are giving support, ” she says.
She says they went through tips in story writing, including the 5 w’s (who, what, when, where and why).
Kargbo says putting a human face to the story was also emphasized and quoting conventions in reports such as the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Joanne Lee is a coordinator for physical rehabilitation and health programs. She says she saw this workshop as a good opportunity to increase training for their workers. She hopes they will have the skills to report both positive and negative things they are seeing in their work and to lobby and advocate for people with disabilities. Lee was pleased with the workshop from the JHR trainers.
” One thing we really liked is that it is delivered by local journalists to local workers,” says Lee, “That is a strength, they are here and understand the Sierra Leone connection and give the right skills, so there is potential for future work on this kind of thing.”
Mariama Jalloh was one of the participants and says the workshop was useful
Especially learning about the 5 w’s and she plans to apply it to her work now.
Jalloh hopes JHR and Handicap International will continue to partner, she says through training they will have more knowledge on how to work for people with disabilities.