association h2n (h2n) is a mozambican non-governmental organization that offers innovative programs to expand community-based communication; works to disseminate effective messages for the promotion of public health; endeavors to promote gender equality; encourages youth engagement; facilitates civic participation; and supports early childhood development. h2n also works to improve health reporting in the media, promote inclusive media and aid the adoption and use of audiovisual tools and digital communication technologies.

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Educational videos support effective skills development at the community level

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Educational videos support effective skills development at the community level

Over the last year, h2n has scaled up the production and use of educational videos for a wide range of purposes related to both project objectives and organizational development. “Videos have the advantage that people can watch them where, when and as often as they want,” says Libério Nhantumbo, project specialist at h2n.

Libério believes that educational videos are highly effective in conveying training content. “If someone is in a training, they may be embarrassed to ask a question or admit that they don’t understand something, but with a video, they can watch as many times as they need to learn,” says Libério, emphasizing that the videos are just a tool to reinforce the learning process.

In Project Asas, Libério and his team work with community video groups in five provinces and have developed a series of ten short educational videos that explain different aspects of storytelling and film making that can be done at the community level. Groups of 5-10 people create stories through a participative process, while the h2n team uses the educational videos to demonstrate how to develop, plan, film, edit and post-produce a narrative on a mobile phone.

Project Asas is a large scale communication and advocacy project funded by Canada and implemented by h2n that focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment. h2n has also developed educational video series for elections administration, early childhood development, bilingual education, nutrition, gender-based violence, investigative journalism and journalist safety, among others.

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