UNESCO organized a Youth Radio Workshop in Paris on 31 October for 27 attendees of the 8th Youth Forum at Paris Headquarters. During the workshop young people from all over the world had a chance to discover how to produce audio pieces for radio using practical exercises taken from the youth radio toolkit “Linking Generations”.
The workshop attendees, including youth delegates, observers, participants and organizers, learned how to write news items, prepare interviews and create vox pops. They also produced a number of audio pieces reflecting their views on gender equality and women’s empowerment in radio in their respective countries. Through radio young people shared their insights into the gender situation in Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda, Mexico, France, Brazil, Germany, Senegal, Kuwait, Nigeria, Argentina and others. Some of them also highlighted challenges and successes in women’s political participation, in particular in accessing decision-making positions.
“The majority of journalists in my country lack proper training on media issues, and I believe it would be a good idea to organize a similar workshop in my country,” said Seleman Yusuph Kitenge, representative of Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania. “There is a concern about media misleading the public, especially on crucial issues,” he added.
Towards the end of the workshop the participants created jingles demonstrating their support for World Radio Day 2014. Several participants from Africa expressed their commitment to celebrate World Radio Day within their youth organizations.
The theme of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum was “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development”. The Forum discussed youth civic engagement issues as well as the skills and competencies that are relevant and appropriate for young people to become employable or self-employed and to put their innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism into practice.
“Linking Generations” is a product of the Swedish funded project “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” and is available online for use by radio stations, young people, policy makers, youth and radio advocates.
For more information on the toolkit, please read see the article: Linking Generations through Radio.