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.
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.
From December 11-13, 2013, twenty four local managers, board members and accountants representing nine community radios in Tanzania (Kyela, Sengerema, FADECO, Orkonorei FM, Kahama, Mtegani, Micheweni, Pangani and Pambazuko) met in a capacity building gathering with the purpose of enhancing their knowledge and skills at their work places. The event was facilitated by UNESCO and supported by SIDA through the project “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs.”
On 10 December, 2013, twenty-one participants representing nine community radios in Tanzania (Sengerema, FADECO, Orkonorei FM, Kahama, Pangani FM, Kyela, Pambazuko, Mtegani and Micheweni) joined to assess the progress towards using ICTs to support and strengthen local radio broadcasting. Gaining from exchanges with experts and one another, participants came up with a strategy to establish monitoring and evaluation capacities of the local radios by advising them to set up M&E portfolios among their staff, as well as training and coaching for M&E representatives from community radios, crucial for extending and improving data collection. The event was facilitated by UNESCO and supported by SIDA through the project “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs”.
From 4th to 6th December 2013, UNESCO organized a workshop in Lusaka, Zambia, which provided hands-on training for 14 reporters (7 were women) representing 10 local radios. The goal of the workshop was to move the stations into a digital mindset and to expose them to the tools available online that would help to advance them without substantial cost.