Communication Workshop for Aga Khan Foundation held from 18th to 20th September 2018 at Patna
A total of 27 participants attended the workshop on all three days.
Charkha was represented by Mr. Mario Noronha, CEO and Mr. Mohd. Anis Ur Rahman Khan, Deputy Editor as the two trainers for the entire workshop.
Introductions were done through a fun exercise.
All the participants were asked to divide themselves into pairs and then introduce their partners. They were asked to mention their partners name, father’s name, education qualifications, hobbies and interests. This was to be done after having spoken to each other for five minutes. All the participants enjoyed this novel way of introductions.
After this the participants were divided into five groups and each group was asked to write on a chart paper their expectations from the workshop and what problems they face in the field. After writing their expectations and problems, each group came forward and made a presentation to the rest of the participants.
During the presentations one of the groups mentioned IEC material. On being questioned – What is IEC? – None of the participants were able to give a satisfactory answer. All of them thought that posters, brochures, pamphlets which are distributed are IEC material. Mr. Anis explained to the participants the proper meaning and also told them the correct full form of IEC, i.e. Information, Education and Communication.
A short film about Charkha was shown to the participants so that they were able to understand Charkha’s work better.
The participants were shown three short films on photography.
The first film was more of theory and explained things like lighting, angles, rule of third, what a good photograph is and why it is important to take good photographs, what is background and what is foreground, etc.
After this the participants were shown different photographs and were told the difference between specs and views, what story is the photograph telling, what news can be made after seeing the photograph.
This was followed by a short film which showed practically how a photograph should be taken. It showed how the camera person took permission from the person whose photograph he was going to click. How we can take a close up shot, how we can use the symmetry of objects in the background to enhance the subject, how to use the lighting in different ways to get the best pictures, how to place the subject in a frame and click a frame within a frame. It showed how to practically make use of the rule of third and what are the benefits of rule of third. It showed what is a long shot, mid shot and close up shot. It also showed how to fill the frame and make it look nice.
The participants were shown yet another film, which had slides with just one picture on it which could tell a story. The exercise was ‘one picture is more than a thousand words’. The participants were very excited when they were seeing the pictures and were able to tell the story behind the picture.
At the end of the day the participants were asked to take one long shot, one mid shot and one close shot as part of their homework following all the rules of photography which they had just learnt.
The day began with all the participants submitting the photographs that they had clicked as part of their homework. Each participant’s photographs (long shot, mid shot and close shot) were discussed in detail by the trainers and all the participants. Each participant was able to understand better what their drawbacks were and which areas needed improvement for them to become better photographers and to be able to identify better which photograph will tell their story in a better way.
At the end of the exercise, one participant was chosen as the best photographer and given a prize by AKF.
After this the focus shifted to case studies.
The participants were told what a case study is and what is case history. They were also told that a case study is not always a success story.
They were then told about the importance of writing and the importance and use of 5Ws & 1H – What, Where, Why, When, Who & How.
The participants were shown two short films – the first on why writing is important through the story of a young village girl who is a school dropout, but because of her love for writing how she helps to get water supply for her village through her writing.
The second film was about a person who is more than 99% disabled from his head below, but writes by holding the pen in his mouth and because of his determination heads an organization with about 40 disabled people working under him. The purpose of the film was only to inspire people to write.
The participants were then told how to write a good case study and what are the important elements that make up a good case study. They were told that a good case study must have a good heading – the heading should be written in a slightly larger font size than the rest and should be attractive. A sub-heading can also be used if required. Next is the introduction, which is also important as the reader normally may or may not read the rest of the case study based on how well the introduction has been written. The introduction must give the location of the case in detail. This is followed by the ‘Body’, which gives the entire story about the person or persons who the case study is based on. We can also add quotations of other persons about the case study. The case study must end with a proper conclusion and not just end abruptly. The conclusion may talk about next steps to be taken or with a suggestion or even with a question for the reader.
Based on the session on case studies the participants were asked to now rewrite the case studies which they had brought on the first day of the workshop as part of their homework.
A few case studies were displayed on the projector and discussed with all the participants in detail. After that the trainers sat down with each participant and gave them their feedback on how to improve the case studies further. The participants made the corrections and again showed the final product to the trainers.
This activity took up the entire day.
At the end the participants were asked to again go back to their groups and come forward one group at a time and tell the rest of the participants if the expectations and problems that they had written down on the first day had been taken care of. All the groups presented and felt that all their expectations had been met and now they would not face any problems in writing case studies or in taking good photographs. They felt that they were able to learn a lot in just three days. The only expectation which all the groups had written down and which was not met was that of learning Videography. The reason for this was that Videography was not a part of the Communication workshop syllabus.
FEEDBACK & RECOMMENDATIONS
The participants while giving their feedback had expressed their keenness on learning videography, video editing, script writing and short film making. They were also interested in knowing more about IEC (Information, Education and Communication), BCC (Behavioural Change Communication) and SBCC (Social Behavioural Change Communication) which they felt would be beneficial for them. Another interesting feedback from most of the participants was that they write the case studies but never get to see it in print form – neither in any reports or booklets or anywhere else.