Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) presented it’s participatory storytelling model at the International Conference on Best Practice in Teaching Conflict, War and Peace Journalism - 2016, held in Norway. The conference was supported by The Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO, The Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Oslo on the 07th and 08th of November 2016.
SDJF announced 10 Independent Video Journalists as the winners of the National Community Video Competition and they were presented the National Community Video Award at the National Youth Video Summit held on 24th April 2016 at Sri Lanka Foundation. Moreover 10 Best Community Video Awards were presented to the participants who produced videos during the Community Video Programs conducted by SDJF in Matara and Kandy. In addition the certificates were presented to all the young video journalists who took part in the Community Video Programs conducted by SDJF.
Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum organized Sri Lanka’s first National Youth Video Summit on ‘Capturing Local Voices and Strengthening Democracy for Development’. The Summit was held on the 24th of April 2016 at Sri Lanka Foundation with the participation of media experts, academics, diplomats, government agents as well as representatives from civil society organizations
The final training of the Kandy Community Video Storytelling Program was held on 27th and 28th of February 2016 at the American Corner, Kandy. Towards the end of the program youth finalized 10 community videos covering issues in the Kandy District.
The community video storytelling program in the Matara district came to an end with its last workshop held from 19th to 21st February 2016 at the Sri Lanka Unites Reconciliation Centre in Kamburupitiya. The 25 youth were able to finalize 10 community videos during this program that covered 10 different communities in the Matara District.
The 3rd training workshop for the youth in Kandy on Community Video Storytelling was held from 6th to 8th February at American Corner, Kandy. This training included field visits, script writing and developing the final stories.
The second training workshop of the participatory video storytelling program for 20 potential youth from Matara district was held from 29th to 31st of January 2015 at Sri Lanka Unites Reconciliation Centre, Kamburupitiya.
The Participatory Community Video Storytelling program organized by SDJF in partnership with PGIA came to an end on the 10th of February with the final training for the 25 selected participants.
The first workshop for the Matara district youth in Community Video Storytelling was held from 9th to 11th of January 2016 in Dickwella.
The second phase of the training on community video storytelling was held from 16thto 18th January 2016 at the American Corner, Kandy. This program is organized by SDJF in partnership with PGIA to capacitate youth on using Participatory Video Storytelling to address issues faced by people in remote areas in Kandy.
The first phase of the training on Participatory community video storytelling was held from 15th to 18th December 2015 at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. This training was organized by the SDJF in partnership with the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA).
To capacitate 30 young short film makers from Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim backgrounds, a training was organized by Rural Economic and Community Development Organization in partnership with SDJF, National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Foundation.
The first phase of the 10-day training program on Community Video was held from 19th to 21st of December 2015 at the American Corner, Kandy. This training was conducted by SDJF in collaboration with the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA).
To conclude the Sri Lanka Forum Theatre Program Phase III a ‘Re-union of the young Forum Theatre Artists’ was organised by SDJF at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo on the 24th of October 2015.
Sri Lanka Forum Theatre Performances were held in the Matara district from 12th to 23rd October 2015. The performances took place in 10 schools in the Matara district which were selected by the Ministry of Education in the Southern Province.