MEDIA DIALOGUE TO PROMOTE COEXISTENCE
INAUGURATION OF PROGRAM FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS ON
“MEDIA DIALOGUE TO PROMOTE COEXISTENCE”
23rd October to 26th October 2015
At Camelot hotel, Negombo.
The workshop was designed to initiate dialogue on co-existence and to introduce to young media to understand concepts and processes of social integration and national integration in a lens of diversity, multiculturalism, and ethnicity and also to emphasize the role of the media in this context. A social integration survey was conducted by the former Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration which helped formulate some of the underpinning themes of the workshop.
Media Professionals from all communities participated in the workshop, which was lively and stimulating. The participants responded enthusiastically to the varied sessions related to themes such as ‘Understanding Conflict” “Gender and Sexuality”, “the need for Multiple Perspectives”, “Freedom of Expression and its Social Dimensions,” the “The Right to Information” and “Reconciliation.” On the 26th of October the Honorable Minister, Mr. Mano Ganesan, spoke on integration and dialogue.
On the last day of the session Ms.lovita Ramguttee Deputy Country director of UNDP also attended the workshop. On the final day of the workshop, the participants presented creative projects on the subject, which were though provoking and led to further discussion. Certificates were awarded to all the participants at the workshop.