UNESCO carried out a workshop at Mangelete FM, in Kenya, on the role of correspondents to feed local news and collect testimonies from 3 to 4 June 2014. The training brought together 92 participants, including the correspondents of the radio station, comprising of 23 men and 75 women. It aimed at increasing and deepening their knowledge on how to feed the radio station with relevant and timely information on local news.
A workshop aimed at strengthening Jozi FM’s network of correspondents and increasing their knowledge on ICTs was carried out from 24 to 28 March 2014 for 6 correspondents and a focal person for monitoring radio schedule.
Pangani FM local radio in Tanga, Tanzania, hosted an ICT workshop for 18 participants from nine different local radio stations, on the 17th to the 19th of March 2014. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Abdullah Mfuruki and Ms. Rose Haji Mwalimu, and was aimed to strengthen the participant’s’ knowledge and skills on monitoring, evaluation approaches and techniques.
A five day workshop on the use of ICTs to report issues of local concern was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 10 to 14 of March 2014. The trainings were conducted by Mrs. Brenda Leonard and benefited 32 participants, including 15 women, from all 5 radio stations under the project in South Africa, plus Mafeteng Community Radio from Lesotho and !aH FM from Namibia. The trainees included board members, correspondents, managers and journalists from the 7 local radio stations.
A whole-week training was delivered to 10 professionals from Mafeteng Community Radio (MCR) in Lesotho. Mr. Thabang Pusoyabone facilitated the workshop from 3 to 7 March 2014, buiding skills on radio editorial programming, reporting issues of local public concern, management, gender-sensitive reporting and income-generation.
UNESCO supported Sauti FM capacity building training, held from 17 to 25 February 2014 in Asembo Bay, Siaya County, Kenya. The training aimed at assisting Sauti FM to provide social services and to use ICTs for local radio broadcasting. It covered the role of correspondents in feeding local news and collecting testimonies; the use of Internet to report on agriculture, health and education; and entrepreneurship and income generation with an emphasis on financial planning and management.
UNESCO celebrated World Radio Day on 13 February 2014 under the theme: Gender Equality in Radio in Kisumu, Kenya. The event brought together 50 participants from Media Houses, Community Radios Stations, Non-Governmental Organizations and Kisumu County Government Officials
From 3 to 7 February 2014, twenty-five correspondents from five local radios (Pambazuko, Micheweni, Kyela, Uzikwaza, and Mtegani) convened at Pambazuko FM in Ifakara, Tanzania, for a workshop on the use of mobiles phones and applications for gathering and reporting news.
From 19th to 21st December 2013, UNESCO organized workshops on the role of correspondents for the four radio stations in the DRC participating in the project "Empowering local radios with ICTs". Almost 60 radio correspondents and staff, 15 from each station, were trained during this period.