UNESCO, together with the Swedish government and the great help from Community Media Support (CMS), conducted a three-day training workshop on technical proficiency for community radios from 09 to 11 November 2015 at West Wind Hotel in Meru County, Kenya. The training attracted 12 participants, either staff or managers, from 4 community radios namely Sauti FM, Mwanedu FM, Mangelete FM and Mugambo Jwetu FM. The representation of women also was ensured as 5 participants out of the total were female media professionals.
Base FM’s staff participated in a series of workshops provided by UNESCO on the role of correspondents, the use of ICTs, entrepreneurship, income generation, marketing, financial planning, management and sustainability from 1 to 5 December 2014 in Katutura, Namibia. Mr. Julius J Mtemahanji and Ms. Elva Gomez di Sibandze facilitated the training.
A five-day workshop, from 27 to31 October 2014, was held at Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, to enhance the station’s operations especially when working with correspondents. The workshop sought to equip correspondents with news gathering and writing techniques – skills required for effective planning and producing radio programmes that are relevant, participatory and gender sensitive; and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge on how to use ICTs in radio programming, conducting interviews, collecting feedback and testimonies; among others.
UNESCO carried out a workshop from 13 to 17 October 2014 at Live FM community radio station premises, in Namibia, on the use of ICTs for reporting and broadcasting. The five-day training was attended by seven participants comprising of the station manager, volunteers and staff members of radio station.
UNESCO supported Mwanedu FM to carry out a two-day training workshop. The workshop was on the use of Skype and YouTube in news gathering and reporting while being held on the 11th and 12th of August 2014 in Voi, Kenya. Eight journalists, five men and three women, from Mwanedu FM were equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to use these tools to enhance their work.
UNESCO supported Mwanedu FM radio station, in Kenya, conducted a two-day training workshop to strengthen journalists capacities on the use of mobile phones, tablets and social media on the 29th and 30th of July 2014. The eight journalists, five men and three women, were exposed to Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools and social media that can facilitate the gathering and reporting of local news.
UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa carried out three activities for Sauti FM journalists from 5 to 13 June 2014 in Asembo Bay, Kenya. The participants, comprising of 8 men and 9 women, were trained on the management of daily contacts and production of mobile friendly content; use of Internet to report; and production of programmes on issues of local concern. The workshops built and strengthened capacities of the radio staff and ensured that more impact programs are produced on agriculture, health and women empowerment.