My Island - My Community National Coalition training launched officially at a workshop in Grenada just prior to the holidays. The workshop was attended by 14 people representing 13 organizations. This meeting is the first in a series of coalition meetings that will happen in all 15 participating countries over the next few months. The outcome of the planning workshop is a country program implementation plan that will guide local coalitions of partners as they use Entertainment-Education to promote sustainability across the Caribbean.
The workshop was jointly facilitated by MI Team members Alleyne Regis and Tyrone Buckmire. The workshop goals were:
Throughout the two days of the workshop, the participants were quite upbeat and participated very actively in discussions, they were all fully in support of the coalition and expressed enthusiastic commitment to working together to take on the problems identified and discussed. The facilitation team was able to tease out the issues of major concern to the participants and the coalition was accepted as the best way of collaboratively addressing the concerns.
The experience and skills represented by the participants also made for easy identification of the issues and potential solutions for dealing with them.
After very rich and in depth discussion about a number of the current issues affecting our islands and populations, and a number of participatory activities, the following were agreed upon as possible campaigns for calendar year 2012.
HIV/AIDS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Target Audience/s: Young Girls 15 to 24 years old and men 25 and over
LITTERING AND WASTE DISPOSAL CAMPAIGN
Target Audience/s: Passengers on public transportation, School children, Burners
YOUTH VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION CAMPAIGN
Target Audience/s: Children (up to 18 years old)
TEENAGE PREGNANCY PREVENTION CAMPAIGN
Target Audience/s: Young women up to 18 years old, parents
CONSERVATION/CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Target Audience/s: General Public
CONSERVATION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES CAMPAIGN
Target Audience/s: General Public, especially Hunters, Fishermen, Farmers, Buyers,
PRAEDIAL LARCENY PREVENTION CAMPAIGN
Target Audience/s: Farmers, Buyers and Police
Stay tuned for updates from all of the 15 national coalitions participating in the program!
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