From 26-28 Jan some members of the Guyana team undertook further training in participatory video techniques. The training was conducted by Rick Goldsmith and Chris High and was organised by Andrea Berardi from the Open University.
Following an excellent conclusion of the project conference and practitioner handbook training in Brussels, Belgium, several Project COBRA staff from the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) and Iwokrama underwent three days of training at Royal Holloway University of London. The training was organised by Andrea Berardi from the Open University and the focus was to enhance our knowledge and skills on Participatory Video using advanced equipment and techniques of video production. It was a certainly a tremendous three days with our two Participatory Video facilitators; Rick Goldsmith of Catcher Media and Chris High from the Open University. We did not only focus on the use of advanced equipment like the camera, tripod, monopods and microphones, but further learned and did practical activities on how to conduct interviews. This was very important for us, since we are more connected and will be working with our Indigenous communities in and around the North Rupununi in Guyana.
We were also trained in how to plan before filming in order to have better video production. Although some of us had gone through planning in previous training, being reminded to practice planning was very important. During our work within Project COBRA, we faced some difficulties with editing and attending the training made us discover why we were going through these issues with our editing software. The very interesting part of the training was that the trainers kept us very engaged and did more practical activities rather than theory, which was much more interactive and fun.
The training certainly helped us to grow in our knowledge and skills, which we aim to share with our fellow colleagues and other interested young people. It will help us to improve our video production to have a bigger impact in our communities, especially with our future Participatory Video social enterprise, and most importantly, help communities document their challenges and solutions.