August 27, 2012
Importance of Projects Acknowledged: Fund Forum arranges for an open dialogue with the media
In the framework of the national program Year of Family, Kelajak Ovozi organized a media camp for young journalists in Tashkent region, which has closed this week. The closing ceremony was preceded by an extended press conference attended by about 60 representatives of local and foreign media, more than 200 participants of various projects of the Fund Forum and partner organizations, international organizations, NGOs, figures of culture and art, film and theater actors.

This media camp, annually organized by the Fund Forum, Council of the Trade Unions Federation, the center of youth initiatives Kelajak Ovozi, National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan and Public Fund for Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies of Uzbekistan, provided more than a hundred young journalists and opportunity to raise their knowledge and skills. Eight-day theoretical and practical training conducted by qualified experts, gave an opportunity for young journalists to prepare articles and TV and radio shows, study the national laws governing the media sector.

“Such media camps are a great school for young journalists,” said Dildora Ibragimova, the activist of Kelajak Ovozi Tashkent regional branch. “Here, we were able to better understand the demands of modern journalism, improve our professional skills. In addition, we found many new friends and exchanged views with our peers from different regions of the country.”

Accounting conference this year acquired an extended format and was devoted to the results of the major projects of the Fund Forum and partner organizations. It was projected to create venue for free conversation, open dialogue between journalists, organizers, participants and beneficiaries, as well as young journalists of the media camp. One of the hot topics of the meeting was the 1,000 Weddings and 1,000 Sunnat Tuys Project, which takes place in the framework of the Year of Family across the country at the initiative of the Fund Forum, Mehr Nuri, Women’s Council, Social Initiatives Support Fund and partners. From the beginning of the year, the project helped young people celebrate 682 weddings and 847 Sunnat Tuy ceremonies in 10 regions of Uzbekistan. Some of the participants in this project – the young families from Jizzakh and Sirdaryo regions – and the sponsors also took part in the press conference.

“Initially, the project was based on the folk tradition of ‘hashar’, mutual support, joint efforts to help families hold their celebrations,” said Oysulu Khamrakulova, sponsor of weddings from Oltinkul district of Andijon region. “When the organizers told about this initiative, this attracted many businessmen wishing to support this project. This project has really promoted the tradition of sponsorship and social partnerships. Some of the participating entrepreneurs continue this noble project on their own, organizing charity events at their own initiative.”

Journalists also touched on the cooperation of Kelajak Ovozi and Kamolot in a contest for young people. Both organizations are successfully and fruitfully cooperating in the organization of the competition. For 8 years the contest had involved some 388,000 boys and girls across the country. Today, Kelajak Ovozi cooperates with many organizations. For example, this year’s media camp was supported by the British Council, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and others.

The press conference also raised issues concerning nationwide charitable fast braking ceremonies (Iftorlik) and hashars during the holy month of Ramadan, efforts to combat breast cancer, youth projects, volunteering, inclusive education, Evening of Uzbek Art held in London during the Olympic Games. It was noted that the Fund Forum has become a hallmark organization. The presence of the Fund Forum’s logo in any project directly suggests about high level of its organization. The press conference ended with honoring of the Olympic champions of Uzbekistan: Artur Taymazov, Soslan Tigiev, Rishod Sobirov and Abbos Atoev. In his interview, Artur Taymazov, the triple Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling in over 120 kg, noted that he appreciates the fruitful cooperation with the Fund Forum: “I often participated in the Fund’s sports projects. And could I see that these people are doing a lot for the development of sports in Uzbekistan. They are seeking truly lofty goals, raising a healthy generation, supporting the initiatives of young guys in sports, and helping them make bold steps into the future.”

The closing ceremony of the media camp Kelajak Ovozi 2012 gathered participants and Uzbek pop artists who gave a joint concert. During the concert, media camp participant demonstrated a movie about the days in the camp. The most active guys were awarded diplomas. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)


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