SSPA Benefits From European youth4media Network Training Course in Poland

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For the first time in history the Somali Sports Press Association (SSPA) is benefiting from the European youth4media network training course which is currently under way in the Polish city of Lublin where the SSPA is being represented by president ABDI AZIZ GODAH.

The international media training course focuses on the new media and the climate change. The course which is slated for 3rd-12th of October is intended to encourage the integration of youth, the development of youth and the media. Journalists in the course will learn important lessons regarding the sector of video journalism.

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The European Union’s youth in Action is financing the media training course according to the Youth4media Network manager Mr. Michal Wojcik. 35 associations from 25 countries are united under the Youth4media Network.

“On behalf of the Somali Sports Press Association I am very grateful to the Youth4media Network who accepted us to come here and ASDA who made connections between the SSPA and Youth4media Network,” the SSPA president said.

He added that ASDA is playing a key role in the development of Somali Sports Media.

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During minutes-long meeting with Youth4media Network manager Mr. Michal Wojcik, the president of Somali Spots press Association asked Mr. Wojcik several questions regarding to the sports media and the role it can play in the integration of youth.

Question: Mr Manager the work of sports media is very important for the promotion of such programs. Do you intend to establish full and permanent co-operations with sports media associations elsewhere in the world?

Mr. Wojcik: The EU spends much money in different sectors including farming, but we don’t receive such big sum of money. I can say that less than 2% of the EU funds go to our programs and we give the first priority to the youth integration and the media development. The important lessons we teach the youths include improvement of their languages, policy, promotion of education and the climate change. In the future, we hope to enlarge our programs.

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Question: Your network mostly focuses on the organization of trainings relating to the climate change, integration and policy. Do you have plans to do sports media workshops in the near future?

Mr. Wojcik: Probably we all know that sport has remarkable impact to the youths in terms of integration or dealing with the rest of the community and I can say that it is not out of our schedules to organize sports media seminars in the future.

“Sport is health, public integration, it makes the youths physically healthy and also sports promotes knowledge in the community. So as the youth4media network, we are ready to play a key role in terms of sports and the sports journalism. We are ready to work with all interested in this sector,” Mr. Michal Wojcik said during a short conversation with president ABDI AZIZ GODAH of Somali Sports Press Association.

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Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar is the NewsBlaze Somalia reporter, an experienced journalist. Shafi'i writes news stories, features and sends photos relevant to the current situation in Somalia.Shafi'i is also an international sports journalist and member of the international sports press association AIPS.He is a long-time sports journalist and reported from many international competitions including the Olympic Games.The photo shows Shafi'i at London 2012 Olympic Park.