Kigali, on 18th December 2019, 14 journalists from different TV stations including web TVs, completed a 3 month course on sign language in order to create a more inclusive media industry for persons with disabilities.
This course organized by Media High Council in collaboration with Rwanda National Union of Deaf with the support of UNDP, started on 21st August 2019 and ended on 22nd November 2019. It was aimed at equipping journalists with sign language skills in order to translate for deaf people during the news presentation on TV and other programmes.
During the closing ceremony, the Executive Secretary of Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo thanks partners and media houses for their support to make this activity a success. He also appreciated the commitments of trainees.
He ensures to maintain the group of journalists trained on sign language for refresher courses, and keep training others in collaboration with partners "We have planned to organize such kind of training in the fiscal year 2020-2021", said peacemaker
In her remarks, Nadine Rugwe, the Head Transformational Governance Unit & Programme Specialist at UNDP strongly requested journalists trained on sign language to become ambassadors of the persons with disabilities, and other journalists in general to be inclusive and explain to the general public that PwDs are like others.
“A media which is not inclusive is not empowering, thus not reaching its initial goals." Said Rugwe urging the training participants to put in practice what they learnt.
She continued saying that as UNDP they believe inclusive policies and programmes are sound investments to our communities thus making this training very much relevant to promote inclusion and diversity.
On behalf of the trainees, Kamanzi Lucien appreciated the course saying they have gained basic knowledge on sign language. But recommended Media High Council to organize other sessions as 3 month are not sufficient for learning sign language. Trainees pledged to go back to their TV and start one TV program interpreted in sign language.
Prepared by Ezechiel MBANANABO
Ag. Public Relations and Communication Officer