Media Coverage of a Day Training on Role of Media on Post Conflict Situation

A day training workshop in 9 August 2014 was jointly organized by Action Works Nepal (www.actionworksnepal.com) and PACE Nepal (www.pacenepal.org) in Khalanga, Jumla. The key objective was to increase responsibility among journalists, activists and media about the process of peace and post conflict situation. It was facilitated by Mr. Andrew Tchie, PhD Research Fellow and consultant at UNDP and associate fellow at the University of Essex, London, UK and Ms. Radha Paudel, Founder/President, Action Works Nepal. The discussed subjects were; causes of media bias, spinning the news, principles of the journalism, minimize harm, reporting during conflict role of journalists during conflict, through small group exercises (games) question answers, mind mapping exercise, lectures, film, video and discussion were used throughout the three days training workshop. There were 10 participants actively involved from local media; print media, radio, federation of journalists. This program is covered by local news papers, radios and social media. It was appreciated by all stakeholders and requested to organize more longer and broad workshop soon. It was organized as voluntary efforts of Action Works Nepal, PACE Nepal and facilitators (zero funding).

A three day training workshop was conducted on 7-9 August 2014, jointly organized by Action Works Nepal (www.actionworksnepal.com) and PACE Nepal (www.pacenepal.org) in Khalanga, Jumla.  A key objective of the training workshop was train and teaches stakeholders on how to make responsible in their roles as peace building mediators and factor of peace. It is facilitated by Mr. Andrew Tchie, a PhD Research Fellow and Consultant at UNDP and associate fellow at the University of Essex, London, UK and Ms. Radha Paudel, Founder/ President of Action Works Nepal. There were total 20 participants actively involved from NGOs, government, media and cooperatives in Jumla. Small group exercises (games) question answers, mind mapping exercise, lectures, film, video and discussion were used throughout the three days training workshop. Facilitators noticed that more enthusiasm due to having first time of such training in Jumla.  The key concepts such as peace building, peacemaking, conflict analysis, post conflict mapping and transitional justice were discussed. Likewise, the six components of peace building were discussed thoroughly and contextualize at local level. Participants also did mind map exercise on issues of conflict where they identified following issues; gender based violence, poor education, caste discrimination, poor health practices, traditional harmful practices (Chhaupadi, Jari Pratha, early marriage, polygamy), suicide, drug addiction, alcoholism, child labor, unorganized urbanization, lack of trust towards the political leaders and NGO workers, lack of transportation, power, sanitation and hygiene, unemployment,  lack of accountability among local government bodies, lack of mechanization in farming and other daily activities. Group also identified the contributing for conflict; unemployment, caste discrimination, domestic violence, deforestation where as the rest of the factors are could be the associated factors for conflict. They also discussed on four components of transitional justice; truth, reparation, justice and sustainability of peace. At last but not least, it is all voluntary contribution by Action Works Nepal, PACE Nepal and facilitators (zero funding).