The basic aim of the one-day workshop (per group of around 10) was to make the participants familiar with the use of video cameras, equip them with the skills and knowledge to document the various activities, events and progress in their communities and to eventually let them become community story writers.
For many of the participants, including freelance journalists, farmers, businessmen as well as housewives, it has been the first ever opportunity to get close to a video camera.
Under the wary and often humourous assistance of the coach engaged by the Shandira/Sebenzela programme, the participants initially went through a theoretical session and were equipped with a handbook explaining how to use videos to tell a story.
Afterwards the men and women carefully examined the camera and its features before hitting the ground: In small groups they practiced the basic shots and techniques which were later – accompanied by laughter and jokes – screened on TV and analysed by the coach.
After lunch the leaders hit the streets again, this time with a much more complicated task: To film movement – as it will be applicable once the leaders go back to their communities.
The training was received absolutely well. “The course left us in a better position to document the activities in our community in a professional way”, said Daiton Mosiya, a small-scale farmer from Hurungwe. “It was the first time for me to ever come across a camera and thus totally beyond my expectation” resumed Chinhau Chambati, a housewife from Magunje.
Further training will be provided by the Shandira/Sebenzela programme in due course regarding the editing of filming material.