13055818_1055094534549474_1633579335538033665_oMary Ward Loreto has a holistic approach towards staff capacity building including professional development. A week each year has as its focus the care of of staff in both human and social aspects. It has become a tradition that on annual basis MWL staff assigns a special week for staff care. This year it took place from April 25th to April 29th, 2016 and was focussed on multimedia but not leaving aside that all staff have a working and enjoying time together. This activity took place in Durres and Berat, a historical town in the south of Albania.

A specialist on multimedia was invited to accompany the staff during five days activity which consisted on Media and multimedia and how it is used and can be used from a Nonprofits Organisation’s perspective.

During the first two days of the training the staff was introduced to the basic concepts of media and multimedia such as film, documentary, reportage, news, photo and journalism. The training was all very practical and through group –techniques. The staff was advised how to develop practical skills and to learn by viewing, doing and imagination.

The visit in Berat – was a wonderful day.  Berat is a 2400 year old town located in south-central Albania is known as “the town of a thousand windows, also the Museum City”. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns of Albania, with a settlement having existed there since at least the 6th century BC, when it was a fortress-settlement of the Illirian Dassaretae tribe. The old town was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2008. It is remarkable Ottoman town, with a wealth of beautiful buildings of the highest architectural and historical interest.

Besides sightseeing and enjoying the beautiful city of Berat MWL staff intertwined this day out with shooting and practicing the learned knowledge on the usage of video and camera and catching the most beautiful moments of that day.

The training on multimedia included as well role-plays where the staff divided into teams had to play the role of the executive director, the camera, the editing and the role of executive producer. The staff had to come out with four products. After the hard work of two days the staff divided into four teams concluded the retreat week with four films. The last night of the staff care week was concluded with a well organized evening where each team presented the topic that they had addressed with their films. The four topics chosen were: “the Passport” which addressed safe migration issues, “Your business is our business” and “From Mirdita to lagje Mirdita” addressed the Internal migration issues and problems that the Albanian youth faces and the last was a humoristic film called “Joy” with the best funny moments of the whole staff care week.

Actually Mary Ward Loreto staff has opened a new window of how to better present their work but as well how to make good use of media and multimedia to address issues that concern our communities.