LONDON, UK, 17 February 2005
The MMTK is a series of modular training materials for use in face-to-face workshops. If you haven’t explored the MMTK resources, take a moment to do so. There are now more than 60 units on 15 different topics ranging from web radio production to internet policy advocacy to technology planning, and more are developed almost every month in different languages.
Please tell us what you think about the MMTK – whether you are a dedicated or an occasional user we would like to hear from you.
The MMTK partners are evaluating the initiative this month, and we
would be most grateful to hear from you about your experiences and views about using the training kit.
The purpose of the questionnaire is to gather users views about MMTK to inform further developments. The evaluation is being sponsored by UNESCO, and conducted by OneWorld. The results of the evaluation will be shared on the site, and will be a valuable input to future developments of the toolkit.
Please fill in the online survey at:
We would appreciate your input by Feb 28th, but if you can do it today that would be even better!
Jackie Davies Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org
[For the ItrainOnline MMTK evaluation partner group]
In the global effort to harness information and knowledge for sustainable development at the community level, there is an
increasing realisation of the creative potential of linking the Internet to more traditional communication technologies, particularly radio and television. This approach creates an appropriate framework for the capacity-building that is essential for poverty eradication.
A key resource identified as lacking was a comprehensive, integrated series of training materials to be used by staff of community media and multimedia communication providers that progress from beginner to advanced levels, and that include resources on the fundamental principles and processes involved in communication for development.
A complete suite of training materials would cover a range of skills, from content production, to broadcasting ethics, ICT maintenance, management and business planning, and technical skills in working with digital audio and video and integrating old and new technologies as well as organisation and implementation of community outreach activities.
In July 2002, the decision was taken to start the MMTK project, based on the principle of partners pooling existing training resources and collaborating to build a complete suite of materials, by the following organizations: UNESCO, APC, OneWorld, AMARC, Panos UK.
In October 2002, the first meeting of the MMTK editorial group took place and these partners were joined by FAO, Radio for Development and Search for Common Ground. In an intensive 2-day workshop, this group established the MMTK curriculum, the MMTK format and identified the first modules and units to be developed on the basis of a review
of all the partners’ existing materials.
First phase of production:
A first phase of production was undertaken, with APC as the coordinator, funded by UNESCO and Rockefeller Foundation. The first phase involved significant preliminary planning and preparatory work. This and the following production phases involved a system of collective decision-making on unit and module priorities, followed by a bidding system for production of prioritized units.
UNESCO then funded a second and third phase of production to be completed in December 2004.
Recently, unit production has also been conducted in parallel to the UNESCO-funded consortium system, with other funding sources and without the process of collective identification of priorities, but nevertheless providing units identified as important to the kit.
Strategic objectives and expected results:
The primary expected result of the MMTK project is the empowerment of communities and increased effectiveness of support for development work, through enhanced capacity and skills bases. The primary objectives were to create an effective partnership and production system, reducing unnecessary duplication, and to develop an integrated set of multimedia training materials. Further objectives were to pilot these materials in workshops organized by the partners themselves and to disseminate the kit widely for use by trainers worldwide.