Community radio in Uganda is encouraging creativity amongst its listeners to initiate different income-generating projects. Programming dedicated to entrepreneurship and business management in the wake of UNESCO training of radio staff is being indicated as the impetus for the burgeoning small business environment. Beneficiaries of these broadcasts are able to improve their own conditions and raise the prospects of their children using the information they receive.
Local radio correspondents from Burundi trained to the use of smartphones to produce quality broadcast
From 8 to 9 February 2017, UNESCO held a capacity-building workshop in Bujumbura, capital city of Burundi. The seminar, supported by Sweden, aimed at training correspondents from the radio station CCIB FM+ to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for local radio broadcasting. The workshop additionally covered the role of correspondents in feeding local news and collecting testimonies on local issues and stories impacting the community.
UNESCO held, thanks to the support of Sweden, a 3 days training, on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This training was addressed to media practitioners from community radio stations part of the “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” project, from 5 to 7 December 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
From 19 to 24 October 2016, UNESCO held, thanks to the support of Sweden, a six-days workshop regarding the mentorship of community radio stations, in Bagamoyo - Tanzania. Nine participants, comprising of three women, were trained on skills and knowledge needed for them to act efficiently as mentors for Tanzanian radio stations part of the “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” project.
Local radio stations’ correspondents are the link between the station and the community. They are the ones responsible for gathering news, getting testimonies and investigating stories out on the field. Their role is crucial are they are the most efficient way for local stations to get the news that matter to their local communities.
UNESCO considers Gender Equality as a human rights principle, a precondition for sustainable, people-centered development, a goal in itself and constitutes one of UNESCO’s two Global Priorities – along with Africa.
Promoting gender equality through and in the media could be the impulse needed by society to finally achieve women and girls’ rights everywhere as part of fundamental human rights. Media have the potential to make a crucial contribution to the advancement of women by promoting fair portrayal and covering stories relative to gender equality. Apart from their content, the media also need to include women in their organization by welcoming qualified female professionals in every positions of the media industry - from technical to executive jobs.
Community media focus on community participation with the goal of transforming society. They are conceived to inform people and allow them to participate in decisions that affect them. They can facilitate the empowerment of vulnerable communities – populations who are isolated geographically, culturally or linguistically and whose representation is generally ignored by mainstream media – such as women for example. The objective is to create a public social sphere where anybody can contribute and be heard.