UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, Sub-Regional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, held a Puppet Shadow Theatre advanced training workshop "Noor Omani" at the Majan Continental Hotel. The five day event (04-08 September 2016) marks a collaboration between UNFPA GCC and the Ministry of Social Development (MOSD). The goal is to build the communication skills of field workers through a fusion art of puppet theater and shadow techniques, in order to assure an entertaining and effective outreach to various target groups that include families, children, parents, teachers and others about relevant social issues. The 23 participants are MOSD staff from the Directorate of Guidance and Counselling.
In addition, UNFPA GCC organized also a two day training sessions (06-07 September 2016) about advanced techniques of shadow theater to Y-PEER Oman. Y-PEER, the Youth Peer Education Network, is a UNFPA supported global network of young people (15-30 years of age) that are civic engaged and volunteer to educate their peers about all social and youth relevant issues.
The workshop provided training to MOSD field workers, enabling them to use this art form and enhance the effectiveness of their work in communicating the right messages to their target group, including orphans, troubled children, families and others. "This form of communication tool is a creative method, and we have tested its success through our previous collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Oman Disabled Association, Association of Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs and Y-PEERs through their Edutainment (Entertainment + Education) activities," said Salah Al Saleh, UNFPA GCC Programme Analyst.