A five-day concentrated training workshop organized by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AIFO) is currently ongoing at the Zoe Lodge hotel in Gompa City, Nimba County with several journalists and members of the disabled community participating.
The training is particularly focusing on disability rights and journalism and it aims at providing much-needed knowledge on disability rights to both persons with disabilities and journalists.
At the same time, persons with disabilities will also be trained on basic journalism skills to enable them to propagate their own issues using various media tools available.
The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation carries out its activities following some basic principles, those of good governance (respect for human rights, rule of law and transparency).
Briefing The People’s News Africa Liberia Correspondent in Liberia at the onset of the five days training, the Director of Communications at the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Luther S. Mendin said: the Italian organization is working with eleven community radio stations and several disabled people in Liberia.
He said AIFO is mainly working with four counties across the country, including Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado with the hope of extending the humanitarian entity activities to other parts of Liberia.
Luther S.Mendin then urged participants of the workshop to implement knowledge and skills they stand to acquire from the seminar for the overall improvement of the disabled community in the Country.
“Journalists and disabled people undergoing this meeting will work together collaboratively in pushing the agenda of the disabled community through our partnering radio stations and we hope and pray that his project will be successful, Luther S. Mendin added”.
Mr. Luther S. Mendin narrates that, AIFO Liberia is presently lobbying with other foreign embassies and NGOs in Liberia in order to solicit funds for the continuation of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation initiatives in the entire country.
The AIFO Communications Director stated that they are contemplating funds to partnering media outlets so as provide platforms for the disabled community in discussing issues affecting them.
Also making remarks at the opening ceremony, Radio Gbarnga reporter Ms. Susannah Laynaiker Reeds, Super Bongese News Director Mr. Christian Kangboe and AIFO Bong County Coordinator Arthur Bondo commended AIFO Liberia Country Representative and the full management team for embarking on the training.
They described the project as timely for people with disabilities during this era of Liberia President George Manneh Weah Pro-Poor government agenda for prosperity and development.