From 12th to 15th December 2013, UNESCO organizaed a workshop for radio station's staff in Zambia to increase their capacities in producing interactive programmes on three community issues: agriculture, health and social governance. Nine participants from all five radio staions within the country were trained by Mr. Martin Mwape.
The training on Humanitarian Information & Disaster Reduction, held from 06-07 November 2013 at the UN House and Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek, focused on training participants how to communicate humanitarian and disaster risk management activities. The training was conducted by Polytechnic of Namibia media lecturer Wanja Njuguna, and followed a half day UN Interagency Roundtable Communication for Development.
Radio training on Editorial, Programming, Monitoring and Media Ethics in Radio broadcasting in Lesotho
UNESCO Windhoek cluster office organized and carried out a 3 day training workshop at Mafeteng Community Radio station, from 4th to 6th November 2013. This training aimed at providing training on editorial, programming, monitoring, gender focus and introduction to ICTs to 10 participants (4 women and 6 men). Although there were more males than females participants to the workshop, special attention was made to ensure that there was a gender balance. The training was carried out by Mr. Pheko Mathibeli.
The training was conducted at Jozi FM from 28th October to 1st November 2013 by Jacob Ntshangase and Kanyi Mkonza. Seven participants in total, ranging from interns, news reporters as well as a senior programme producer in the station, participated in the training. The group was well balanced with two males and five females.
UNESCO Windhoek Office sponsored the Financial Management training, as part of the SIDA funded project “Empowering local radio with ICT’s”, for 10 community radio stations from South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho. The training took place from the 14 – 18 October 2013 at Fountains Inn Cape Town, South Africa. The trainers were Greg Kakora, and auditor and financial advisor and Brenda Leonard, the Station Manager of Bush Radio. The 23 participants included the Station Managers, Programme Managers and an additional staff member (12 males and 11 females).
UNESCO, together with UNISDR and UNIC, highlighted the role of the media in disaster risk reduction under this year’s theme - Living with Disability and Disasters. The event was organized in Meru, Kenya, and counted with more than 70 participants from across Kenya, including representatives from national and local governments, public and community media broadcasters, and civil society organizations working with people with disabilities.
Correspondents' network and ICTs for programming, editorial work and diffusion at Base FM and !aH Radio, Namibia
A training for !aH and Base FM took place between 23 and 27 September 2013 in Katutura at the Base FM Studio. A total of 12 correspondents, 6 trainees from each radio station, attended this training in an effort to share good practices and provide hands-on training as well as participation in all activities. The trainers were Mr. Julius Mtemahandji and Mr. Jens Schneider.
On 8 September 2013, UNESCO staff and trainers from Dar es Salaam travelled to Pangani, Tanga for a workshop to raise capacities of correspondents from five local radios in the United Republic of Tanzania to produce programmes on four selected areas of concern (agriculture, health education, and good governance).
The workshop took place during 4 days (23, 24 and 31 August and 1 September 2013), equipping 10 radio correspondents (4 men and 6 women) with the ability to use ICT in their broadcasting. The trainer was Mr. Al-Ameen Kafaar, an experienced journalist and communication specialist, and training was held at Valley FM’s premises, in Worcester, Western Cape.
This four day workshop, held in Sengerema, Mwanza, in the United Republic of Tanzania, had a special focus on strengthening the capacity of journalists and correspondents from four local radios to report on issues of local public concern.