When Rwanda and Burundi Red Cross Societies decided to implement mobile cinemas and regular radio chat shows, one of the first priorities was to train teams of volunteers to run these activities. The National Societies, with support from the IFRC, developed four-day training courses for each activity.

The radio course covered how to plan a Red Cross radio show, presenting and interview skills, managing audience calls and recording and editing vox pops. The mobile cinema course covered planning a cinema show, different team roles, presentation and demonstration skills, and managing the equipment. Both courses included a live radio or mobile cinema show to give volunteers the chance to practise and obtain feedback.

Staff and volunteers taking part in the trainings in both National Societies provided positive feedback, with 100 per cent of Burundian participants at one of the mobile cinema courses agreeing they had learnt new skills and gained new knowledge. More importantly, staff and volunteers returned to their branches and were able to start implementing cinema and radio shows in support of the National Societies’ programmes.
You can access both sets of training course materials in the ‘Activities and Tools’ folder in the CEA library on fednet.