This workshop sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership (CBMP) on HIV/AIDS, was geared towards building the capacity of 30 young television producers from 16 countries to deliver top quality TV programming on HIV.
At the first 2-day workshop which was held at the Grand Royal Antiguan Hotel, ten young producers from Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica and Montserrat were trained to produce programmes on priority issues in HIV prevention including multiple concurrent partnerships, low levels of condom use, gender-based violence, masculinities and homophobia.UNESCO’s vision for these workshops is to build the capacity of 30 young television producers from 16 countries to produce 30 high quality TV documentaries which could be used for programme exchange with other broadcasters in the world through worldwide networks which will operate from UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
At the opening ceremony, CBMP Executive Director Dr. Allyson Leacock lauded UNESCO for its continued efforts to effectively respond to HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean region and its programme goals that are perfectly aligned with CBMP’s core activities.
“Informed and highly trained media professionals are an essential element in the Caribbean response to HIV and AIDS. We are therefore very pleased that UNESCO has once again demonstrated its commitment to the Caribbean response by expanding their partnership with the CBMP. These planned workshops, along with the CBMP/UNESCO Interactive training Tool which was launched in 2009, are effective strategies in ensuring that the region’s TV producers are equipped with the necessary tools to effect behaviour change with excellent programming as is currently done by CBMP’s 112 stations in 24 countries throughout the region ”, Dr. Leacock stated.
She also noted that at the end of this phase of the CBMP/UNESCO partnership, “the region will have a group of young TV producers who are capable of producing accurate, quality materials to complement the body of HIV work currently being produced in the region”.
Follow-up workshops are scheduled for St. Maarten and Jamaica.