Mercy Mashingaidze, SOIMA 2007

“For me, SOIMA  was an unforgettable experience that empowered me with comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge particularly in preserving audiovisual archives. It made a great contribution to my professional life as an AV Archivist, especially given that in Zimbabwe there was at that time no institution offering professional training in the area of sound and image preservation. My institution also benefited from my SOIMA experience because I managed to implement and share some of the lessons with other Archivists and colleagues. I also learnt a lot from the international participants and professors, not only related to safeguarding sound and image collections but also in terms of intercultural relations in a professional set up through the many group exercises and trips done during the course. I will forever be grateful to ICCROM and the Andrew Mellon Foundation for facilitating my opportunity to take part in SOIMA 2007.”

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