Micheweni Community Radio is the first ever community radio in Zanzibar islands. This is one of the districts with the lowest social economic indicators, below Zanzibar averages, facing malnutrition, child labour, gender-based violence and other issues. The radio was started with the aim of raising awareness on girl’s education, a direct result of the very high dropout rates of girls, but it is also an important medium of building and maintaining peace in the islands. Before 2010 , when the Government of National Unity in Zanzibar was formed, Pemba Island used to be engulfed in a political crisis. The radio was launched in 2010, with UNESCO’s support through UN Joint Programme 5 on capacity building for Zanzibar. It should be noted that, in terms of policy and legislation, Micheweni Community Radio serves as a test bed for local media in Zanzibar islands: the Broadcasting Policy recognizing community broadcasting in Zanzibar came about at the same time when this radio was launched. Micheweni radio manages its programme and activities in partnership with Pemba Press Club, one of the most successful and highly professional press clubs in Tanzania.
The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Micheweni Community Radio’s coverage area:
- Shortage of medicaments
- Lack of agricultural inputs
- Lack of knowledge on agricultural techniques
- Lack of learning facilities
- Lack of teachers
"Beyond the eradicated of famine, now women can advise their husbands on health matters and they both agree, especially on checking their health status after every ’dago’ (fishing) trip", says Hamad Shaaban Mwinyi, Radio Micheweni station manager, pointing out the important role of women in community development. Listen below Hamad's story and learn how radio helped to fight poverty by educating the community in algae farming, fishing, and health.
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Related capacity building workshops
Box 154, Micheweni, Pemba
Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania