UNESCO plans to build capacity of 54 community radio journalists on investigative journalism, social media networks and digital platforms.
The session, slated for Zanzibar and Arusha is meant to enhance community radios skills in production, monitoring and evaluation of programs and news on issues of local concern, including COVID-19. This training is specifically meant to the community radios journalists/monitoring and evaluation focal persons dealing with daily programmes and news production.
The two workshops will be conducted in Zanzibar and Arusha for six days from 14 – 19 September 2020, and 21 – 26 August 2020 respectively.
Participants for the workshop will come from 27 community radios namely Loliondo, ORS, Boma Hai, Triple A, Pangani, Chai, Dodoma, Pambazuko, Jamii, Fadhila, Ruangwa, Uvinza, Nuru, Mpanda, Ileje, Kitulo, and Mazingira.
Other radios are Micheweni, Mtegani, Tumbatu, Mkoani, Sibuka, Kilosa, Sengerema, Kahama, Storm, and Kwizera.
UNESCO through funding from the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) supports community radios in Mainland and Zanzibar and the Network of Community Media in Tanzania, (TADIO) an entity with 35 members comprising of 34 community radios and Pemba Press Club.
The support is meant to ensure that people in Tanzania, especially the poor, women and girls, have the capacity to make informed decisions on issues that affect their daily lives based on access to relevant, culturally appropriate, gender responsive accurate information and knowledge.
The coverage of community radio stations under the network is 74 percent of the United Republic of Tanzania, with a total estimated population of 33 million people.