YRAPers’ day one: The dip into the world of journalism

Published: 05 December 2010

L'Hemispheres

The dip of YRAPers in the World of Journalism was again another success by the Europe Aid.

The morning for YRAPers felt really early for some participants, because of the time difference between the countries, but everybody seemed to be glad to be able to make it to the event, because adverse weather conditions have been hit in several countries across the Europe.

The day has started with a breakfast and introduction about YRAP by Charlotta Asplund, Valentina Bonaccorso and Alexandra Lobao.

One of the main speakers of the days was Philippe Loop, who is the head of Unit, Information, Communication and Front Office of Europe Aid. He gave a brief introduction how Europe Aid tackles poverty. He says that there are 1.4 reasons***** to tackle poverty, because 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, a child which dies from malaria every 45 seconds, nearly a billion don’t have access to drinking water and ½ million mothers, which die each yearin pregnancy or within 7 weeks of giving birth.

Thanks to Europe Aid,more than 9 million pupils have been enrolled in primary educationsince 2004,more than 31 million people being connected to drinking water and 9 million to sanitation facilitiessince 2004and around85,000 female students have enrolled in secondary education in 10 countries of Sub- Saharan Africa during the past five years. He also argued thatover 7200 km of roadshave been built and of more than 29,000 km of roads have been maintained.

He says” The EU is committed to eradicating poverty and promoting freedom and security. The EU's external policy aims to promote the core European values of peace, stability, democracy and prosperity. We work in partnership with other countries to ensure our actions have a real, positive and lasting impact on people's lives.” Based on OECD/DAC figures from 2009 European Commission is the second largest donor of development aid (13%, after USA) presentin 150 countries.

Already on day 1, European Development Days (EDD) has faced criticism by students across the Europe. Students like me were arguing why the € 2 million could not be spent on schools in Africa rather than talking about the development in Europe. Meagan Baldwin, who is policy manager for Condord argues “The people at the bottom are influenced by the people at the top and vice versa. EDD is there to push Development Aid on the agenda on the main meetings of European Countries (EC)". Going on from this, we can see that the grassroots organizations rely on European Aid. She says “We try to make sure that poorest people benefit the most from the European Aid. Especially women and people with HIV are targeted the most. If we look at our vaccination rates for malaria, we are actually doing pretty well.” When answering the question on why taxpayers should give their money to Europe Aid, she says “We want to make the world more equal. We have the role to help our neighbours and improving the lives in developing countries will help the Europe in the future. The main aim of is to help countries, so they won’t need aid in the future”  She is arguing that those countries would be able to benefit Europe in terms of labour and resources, which are two main things, which countries often lack.

She concludes "EDD has no clear objective. Even looking at how much money is being spent on Concord, which has clear objectives, is € 700,000". The is no answer why we have EDD and what is its goal"

Following on, Roeland Scholtalbers, who is Media & Communication Officer for CIDSE argues “With EDD we try to create a global community whereby the information is going from South to North and vice versa.”From what Roenald Scholtalbers was talking, we could understand that the money sometimes does not always go to an organization, which is in the best position to help the community, because it does not satisfy the conditions of funding application. Meagan Baldwin says “Pakistan which regularly receives money from the Europe Aid defends the right of man to stone a woman to death, which is clearly wrong.” Those countries receive money, even though they do not sometimes support our goal.

What participants understood is that EDD is place to make aware of development issues we have nowadays. It is argued that development is not always on the first page of major newspapers. Therefore, EDD makes people aware of development issues and whereby European Commission tries to push the media to take this problem more seriously.

Paul Ames and Gareth Harding, who have together more than 30 years of experience being in the World of Journalism have visited YRAPers, which was an invaluable experience for them. YRAPers were able to discuss their ideas in groups with the experts, whereby the experts looked from their perspective and were able to give a more in depth view what readers would find interesting to read about and what definitely sells in nowadays market. This seemed to be the key session for all of the participants as this helped them to make understand how a professional would approach in everybody’s case.

Later on, YRAPers had a chance to look into the technical aspect of how to present their information on the YRAP website************. Ryan Pierce, who is the EJC Editor and YRAP Moderator, explained everything regards to how to publish material on the website and how to modify content if needed. This was the quickest session of the day. After the session participants had 2h break before heading to the town for a dinner.

In the evening YRAPers went to a nice restaurant called L’ Hemispheres**************, which had an international cultural touch of different countries. Wall pictures have included people like Mahatma Gandhi and other worldwide known people. This was a really unusual restaurant for YRAPers as this isn’t a type of restaurant which you would see in everyday life, but they have enjoyed every course.

Sunday will be a day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Brussels. 

 

The dip of YRAPers in the World of Journalism was again another success by the Europe Aid.

The morning for YRAPers felt really early for some participants, because of the time difference between the countries, but everybody seemed to be glad to be able to make it to the event, because adverse weather conditions have been hit in several countries across the Europe.

The day has started with a breakfast and introduction about YRAP by Charlotta Asplund, Valentina Bonaccorso and Alexandra Lobao.

One of the main speakers of the days was Philippe Loop, who is the head of Unit, Information, Communication and Front Office of Europe Aid. He gave a brief introduction how Europe Aid tackles poverty. He says that there are 1.4 reasons***** to tackle poverty, because 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, a child which dies from malaria every 45 seconds, nearly a billion don’t have access to drinking water and ½ million mothers, which die each yearin pregnancy or within 7 weeks of giving birth.

Thanks to Europe Aid,more than 9 million pupils have been enrolled in primary educationsince 2004,more than 31 million people being connected to drinking water and 9 million to sanitation facilitiessince 2004and around85,000 female students have enrolled in secondary education in 10 countries of Sub- Saharan Africa during the past five years. He also argued thatover 7200 km of roadshave been built and of more than 29,000 km of roads have been maintained.

He says” The EU is committed to eradicating poverty and promoting freedom and security. The EU's external policy aims to promote the core European values of peace, stability, democracy and prosperity. We work in partnership with other countries to ensure our actions have a real, positive and lasting impact on people's lives.” Based on OECD/DAC figures from 2009 European Commission is the second largest donor of development aid (13%, after USA) presentin 150 countries.

Already on day 1, European Development Days (EDD) has faced criticism by students across the Europe. Students like me were arguing why the € 2 million could not be spent on schools in Africa rather than talking about the development in Europe. Meagan Baldwin, who is policy manager for Condord argues “The people at the bottom are influenced by the people at the top and vice versa. EDD is there to push Development Aid on the agenda on the main meetings of European Countries (EC)". Going on from this, we can see that the grassroots organizations rely on European Aid. She says “We try to make sure that poorest people benefit the most from the European Aid. Especially women and people with HIV are targeted the most. If we look at our vaccination rates for malaria, we are actually doing pretty well.” When answering the question on why taxpayers should give their money to Europe Aid, she says “We want to make the world more equal. We have the role to help our neighbours and improving the lives in developing countries will help the Europe in the future. The main aim of is to help countries, so they won’t need aid in the future”  She is arguing that those countries would be able to benefit Europe in terms of labour and resources, which are two main things, which countries often lack.

She concludes "EDD has no clear objective. Even looking at how much money is being spent on Concord, which has clear objectives, is € 700,000". The is no answer why we have EDD and what is its goal"

Following on, Roeland Scholtalbers, who is Media & Communication Officer for CIDSE argues “With EDD we try to create a global community whereby the information is going from South to North and vice versa.”From what Roenald Scholtalbers was talking, we could understand that the money sometimes does not always go to an organization, which is in the best position to help the community, because it does not satisfy the conditions of funding application. Meagan Baldwin says “Pakistan which regularly receives money from the Europe Aid defends the right of man to stone a woman to death, which is clearly wrong.” Those countries receive money, even though they do not sometimes support our goal.

What participants understood is that EDD is place to make aware of development issues we have nowadays. It is argued that development is not always on the first page of major newspapers. Therefore, EDD makes people aware of development issues and whereby European Commission tries to push the media to take this problem more seriously.

Paul Ames and Gareth Harding, who have together more than 30 years of experience being in the World of Journalism have visited YRAPers, which was an invaluable experience for them. YRAPers were able to discuss their ideas in groups with the experts, whereby the experts looked from their perspective and were able to give a more in depth view what readers would find interesting to read about and what definitely sells in nowadays market. This seemed to be the key session for all of the participants as this helped them to make understand how a professional would approach in everybody’s case.

Later on, YRAPers had a chance to look into the technical aspect of how to present their information on the YRAP website************. Ryan Pierce, who is the EJC Editor and YRAP Moderator, explained everything regards to how to publish material on the website and how to modify content if needed. This was the quickest session of the day. After the session participants had 2h break before heading to the town for a dinner.

In the evening YRAPers went to a nice restaurant called L’ Hemispheres**************, which had an international cultural touch of different countries. Wall pictures have included people like Mahatma Gandhi and other worldwide known people. This was a really unusual restaurant for YRAPers as this isn’t a type of restaurant which you would see in everyday life, but they have enjoyed every course.

Sunday will be a day The dip of YRAPers in the World of Journalism was again another success by the Europe Aid.

The morning for YRAPers felt really early for some participants, because of the time difference between the countries, but everybody seemed to be glad to be able to make it to the event, because adverse weather conditions have been hit in several countries across the Europe.

The day has started with a breakfast and introduction about YRAP by Charlotta Asplund, Valentina Bonaccorso and Alexandra Lobao.

One of the main speakers of the days was Philippe Loop, who is the head of Unit, Information, Communication and Front Office of Europe Aid. He gave a brief introduction how Europe Aid tackles poverty. He says that there are 1.4 billion reasons to tackle poverty, because 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, a child which dies from malaria every 45 seconds, nearly a billion don’t have access to drinking water and ½ million mothers, which die each yearin pregnancy or within 7 weeks of giving birth.

Thanks to Europe Aid,more than 9 million pupils have been enrolled in primary educationsince 2004,more than 31 million people being connected to drinking water and 9 million to sanitation facilitiessince 2004and around85,000 female students have enrolled in secondary education in 10 countries of Sub- Saharan Africa during the past five years. He also argued thatover 7200 km of roadshave been built and of more than 29,000 km of roads have been maintained.

He says” The EU is committed to eradicating poverty and promoting freedom and security. The EU's external policy aims to promote the core European values of peace, stability, democracy and prosperity. We work in partnership with other countries to ensure our actions have a real, positive and lasting impact on people's lives.” Based on OECD/DAC figures from 2009 European Commission is the second largest donor of development aid (13%, after USA) presentin 150 countries.

Already on day 1, European Development Days (EDD) has faced criticism by students across the Europe. Students like me were arguing why the € 2 million could not be spent on schools in Africa rather than talking about the development in Europe. Meagan Baldwin, who is policy manager for Condord argues “The people at the bottom are influenced by the people at the top and vice versa. EDD is there to push Development Aid on the agenda on the main meetings of European Countries (EC)". Going on from this, we can see that the grassroots organizations rely on European Aid. She says “We try to make sure that poorest people benefit the most from the European Aid. Especially women and people with HIV are targeted the most. If we look at our vaccination rates for malaria, we are actually doing pretty well.” When answering the question on why taxpayers should give their money to Europe Aid, she says “We want to make the world more equal. We have the role to help our neighbours and improving the lives in developing countries will help the Europe in the future. The main aim of is to help countries, so they won’t need aid in the future”  She is arguing that those countries would be able to benefit Europe in terms of labour and resources, which are two main things, which countries often lack.

She concludes "EDD has no clear objective. Even looking at how much money is being spent on Concord, which has clear objectives, is € 700,000". The is no answer why we have EDD and what is its goal"

Following on, Roeland Scholtalbers, who is Media & Communication Officer for CIDSE argues “With EDD we try to create a global community whereby the information is going from South to North and vice versa.”From what Roenald Scholtalbers was talking, we could understand that the money sometimes does not always go to an organization, which is in the best position to help the community, because it does not satisfy the conditions of funding application. Meagan Baldwin says “Pakistan which regularly receives money from the Europe Aid defends the right of man to stone a woman to death, which is clearly wrong.” Those countries receive money, even though they do not sometimes support our goal.

What participants understood is that EDD is place to make aware of development issues we have nowadays. It is argued that development is not always on the first page of major newspapers. Therefore, EDD makes people aware of development issues and whereby European Commission tries to push the media to take this problem more seriously.

Paul Ames and Gareth Harding, who have together more than 30 years of experience being in the World of Journalism have visited YRAPers, which was an invaluable experience for them. YRAPers were able to discuss their ideas in groups with the experts, whereby the experts looked from their perspective and were able to give a more in depth view what readers would find interesting to read about and what definitely sells in nowadays market. This seemed to be the key session for all of the participants as this helped them to make understand how a professional would approach in everybody’s case.

Later on, YRAPers had a chance to look into the technical aspect of how to present their information on the YRAP website. Ryan Pierce, who is the EJC Editor and YRAP Moderator, explained everything regards to how to publish material on the website and how to modify content if needed. This was the quickest session of the day. After the session participants had 2h break before heading to the town for a dinner.

In the evening YRAPers went to a nice restaurant called L’ Hemispheres, which had an international cultural touch of different countries. Wall pictures have included people like Mahatma Gandhi and other worldwide known people. This was a really unusual restaurant for YRAPers as this isn’t a type of restaurant which you would see in everyday life, but they have enjoyed every course.

Sunday will be a day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Brussels. 

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