A recent two-day training course for university students was titled “Climate Change Writing Clinic for Youth” and held at Hotel Akmani, Jakarta, on 3-4 July, 2012.
Around 8 university students, representing various majors, participated in the training. They all expressed a deep concern about climate change and wanted to use their communication skills to raise general awareness about these issues, especially among young people.
The writing clinic was facilitated by Mr. Priyambodo RH and Mr. Warief Djajanto Basorie from Dr. Soetomo Press Institute, Mrs. Brigitta Isworo Laksmi, senior journalist from KOMPAS Newspaper, and Ms. Nina Nuraniyah, founder of Greena community in Bogor. The training was also attended by representatives from Norway Embassy and from the communications and stakeholder engagement working group of the Indonesia REDD+ Task Force, as expert observers.
“I am majoring in Administration Management, but I am interested in climate change issues. This training has encouraged me to learn more about climate change and given me basic journalism writing skill to be able to effectively communicate it to broader public”, said Nur Hidayati, participant from Universitas Muhammadiyah Hamka (UHamka).
During the first day, participants were given basic knowledge about climate change science. Mrs. Brigitta Isworo Laksmi from KOMPAS shared her experience in covering a recent big international conference on sustainable development - Rio+20 - in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ms. Nina Nuraniyah also shared her experience in empowering the community in her village through creating commercial products from solid waste and producing ice cream from previously unpopular purple yam (ubi ungu). On the second day, participants were trained to make lead features from the previous day’s stories and gained input and feedback from facilitators and expert observers.
Photo: Advisor Nita Murjani represented the Norwegian Embassy to submit training certificate to one of the participants.
“The training helps youth to raise awareness among their peers and broader audience through writing. This training has provided basic skills for students from various backgrounds to effectively communicate about climate change issues”, said Mrs. Brigitta Isworo Laksmi from KOMPAS Newspaper.
Besides youth, the trainings are also targeting experienced journalists to enhance their capacity to cover climate change issues. The next training session for journalists is planned to be held on the third week of July in Medan, North Sumatera.