Three young emerging leaders participating in the “Debate to Action” Communication and Leadership training programme in Amman were invited to participate in the morning television show “Youm Jadeed” on 17th February at the Jordan National Television station. Saja Hussein (Egypt), Joelle El Dib (Lebanon) and Malek Ikhmies (Jordan) were interviewed live at the television studio, where they were able to share their experience of being part of the first Debate to Action regional training programme on communication and leadership skills, co-organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Jordan Media Institute and Common Purpose International, in partnership with the British Council, UNESCO and the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid.
The experience was part of their training programme, which helped participants get their messages across and reach mainstream media through a series of expert training and mentoring sessions with professional journalists. At the interview, they spoke about the value of the training and the importance of learning communication and leadership skills towards advocacy and mainstream media exposure.
Lebanese Joelle El Dib said: “We are in the process of learning how to become trusted leaders and how to get our messages across”. Egyptian young debater Saja Hussein highlighted the role of youth in tackling social issues in the region and gave a piece of advice: “to listen to each other; the first step in getting your message across is to listen to avoid the hassle of misunderstandings”. Jordanian Malek Ikhmeis explained some of the most valued sessions of the training, such as the meeting with the former Prime Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija: “We are now able to look more deeply into our issues; now we can advocate more effectively and bring more solutions to our societies”. In this regard, Malek valued the regional dimension of the training programme: “We should work more on regional advocacy campaigns which would help in breaking the barriers between us and go a step further in solving problems in our societies”.
To watch the full live interview, log on to: https://youtu.be/3aDaLLD19M4
To watch the TV reportage on the training, see : https://youtu.be/bQ1OR7Q9LHM