Do journalists need to know something about the environment? Of course they do. After all, they are the "mouthpiece", through which one can transfer information to people, to change their attitude towards something.
In our case, we tried to do something to make people more aware of the nature and its functions, so that improving their knowledge, they would change their behavior, as well as attitude toward everything around them. Unfortunately, now people know very little about the importance and the essence of the functions which the nature possesses and is sharing with us. And what is sad, even journalists do not know much.
Knowing this, the National Association of Electronic Mass Media (NAEMM) came with a project proposal to the GEF SGP. The project was aimed at filling gaps in the knowledge of journalists on environmental issues. Of course, we did not plan to do everything. This work is simply enormous and requires multi-year efforts of all possible partners. We planned to do only a small part, but still do something. And that's what it is:
Firstly, training materials were to be prepared on three main themes of the GEF work:
Unfortunately, among all the tasks of the project, only this task was completed. The materials were prepared by young specialists, and we want to express our sincere gratitude to them. The team of experts consisted of:
But training materials are not just typing of a text for reading. Experienced specialists from the University of Westminster (Elena Volkova and Lobar Mukhamedova) prepared methodological guides for those who would conduct training seminars by these training materials.
Now the manual consists of 2 parts:
1) materials for reading and for introduction into the subject,
2) step by step instructions on how to conduct classes using these materials.
In fact, any interested person, any teacher from a university or school can take these materials, read them and hold classes. We tried to make these materials as understandable and simple as possible, so that it would be interesting and sink in any person.
The materials were tested once among the journalists of NAEMM at the training seminar on 17-18 September, 2009. It was a pilot seminar. The journalists and the editors, the members of NAEMM were invited to it. The seminar was aimed not just to increase of the knowledge of journalists, but also to test the materials. Of course, the journalists got a lot of new and useful information on the nature topic. And all this was done not in the form of lectures, presentations, but in the form of normal work, where the seminar participants themselves were in the center of the work. This is approach, which we always promote during our training events - "Do not just give information, but help people to get this information and help them to analyze it correctly and memorize."
Now anyone can freely download, use and distribute these materials. These materials are also available in Uzbek language too (see the Uzbek version of the site).
- download study manual on biodiversity, climate change, land degradation in Word format (3.7 MB)
- download study manual on biodiversity, climate change, land degradation in archive version (2.7 MB)
Our brotherly big GEF Project for preservation of riparian woodlands is also interested in translation of the materials into Karakalpak language. We hope they will appreciate it in Karakalpakstan too.
The second objective of the project was to conduct a series of trainings across the country for journalists of NAEMM. It was planned that training would take place:
Unluckily, NAEMM could not make up mind to holding educational trainings, and none of them has been ever conducted. It is a pity. The level of journalists’ training in the field of natural resource management is still remains at a fairly low level.
The third objective of the project was to see how journalists have adopted the knowledge by declaring a real competition of the journalists’ works from television and radio studios of the country. We announced the contest with a hope that the trainings will be held. But we did not get the result of the second task, and therefore the effectiveness of competition was undermined in advance.
Nevertheless, we are glad that the attempt took place even though it was unsuccessful. The project at least gave a way to the educational materials into the world, and we hope that they will be useful for other people. And journalists will develop in other ways. We hope that their level will rise, even not through the efforts of the GEF SGP.
More information about the project details you can get from the project document:
- download project document