Information minister launches key media training programme

Information minister launches key media training programme

Information and Parliament Affairs Minister Isa bin Abdulrahman Al-Hammadi has affirmed that training programmes and sessions will continue in order to upgrade the professional and creative skills of the media competencies so as to be able to improve their ability to assume their national mission and keep up with the landmark achievements attained within the

Information and Parliament Affairs Minister Isa bin Abdulrahman Al-Hammadi has affirmed that training programmes and sessions will continue in order to upgrade the professional and creative skills of the media competencies so as to be able to improve their ability to assume their national mission and keep up with the landmark achievements attained within the framework of the Reform Project spearheaded by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

He made the statement as he patronised today, at the Information Affairs Authority (IAA), the opening ceremony of the Comprehensive Training Programme, launched in collaboration with the Journalists’ Professional Training Centre (CFPJ), the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) and the Royal University for Women (RUW), and support of Tamkeen and the Bahrain Development Bank.

Tamkeen’s Board of Directors Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa and representatives of the programme’s stakeholders attended.

In a statement he delivered during the ceremony, the minister expressed delight at the inauguration of the integrated and comprehensive programme to prepare and rehabilitate Bahraini press and media competencies to obtain the professional certificate in activation of the two memoranda of understanding he had signed with the French side on the sidelines of HM King Hamad’s fruitful visit to France last September.

The two MoUs were also in line with the Information Affairs Ministry’s keenness on enhancing cooperation with national institutions and prestigious international media training and development centres and institutes, he said.

Under the two agreements, the RUW will launch, in cooperation with CFPJ and INA, two joint training programmes to grant the professional certificate for many Bahraini journalists, media personnel and graduates, he added.

Al-Hammadi explained that the first programme, held in cooperation with CFPJ, will grant the professional certificate in multi-media journalism for 24 journalists and media persons, divided into two groups. Under the programme, trainees will acquire the skills of writing field reports, and others related to radio, television and electronic press.

Meanwhile, 32 journalists and media persons, divided into four groups, will benefit from the second programme aiming to grant the professional certificate in the “production of news reports”.

Beneficiaries of the second programme, organised in cooperation with INA, will acquire the skills required for preparing news programmes, as well as sound and lighting techniques, narrative style and direct interviews.

The minister expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the RUW for its efforts to implement the two MoUs. He also paid tribute to Tamkeen, the Bahrain Development Bank and the French Embassy in Bahrain for their constant support to human resources development and rehabilitation programmes.

He affirmed that such training programmes are part of a long term ambitious project to make Bahrain a promising and influential regional centre for training in the information and communication sector.

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