One of UNESCO’s mission is to assure that information is made and remains accessible to everyone. With this idea in mind, the organization once again developed a workshop on investigative journalism during the election period in Uganda.
The event took place at the Doves Nest Hotel in Gulu, Uganda from 27 to 29 January 2016, and brought together 12 participants, 4 women and 8 men, who belonged to four community radio stationsnamely: Speak FM, Mama FM, Radio Apac and Nakaseke community radio.
Inception workshop for UNESCO SIDA funded project themed: “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs" in Uganda
UNESCO landed in Uganda and had the great pleasure to organize, with the support of the Swedish government, a two-day inception workshop from 04 to 05 November 2015 at Metropole Hotel in Kampala.
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.
UNESCO conducted a training workshop on humanitarian reporting and development journalism for correspondents from five community radios in South Africa, from 1 to 2 December 2014. The objectives of the workshop were to introduce participants to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to show how South Africa has progressed in meeting these goals as well as to enable participants to come up with community-based stories from the MDGs.
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 provided a workshop for Mangelete FM staff, in Kenya, to raise their capacity to produce radio programmes on issues of local concern from 20 to 21 June 2014. The training benefited 8 participants, being 5 men and 3 women, and it aimed at building and strengthening radio programme production particularly on deforestation, a key issue of concern raised by community leaders during a roundtable meeting held at the radio station.
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.
Journalists and reporters from all of the nine participating local radios in Tanzania, engaged in this three days’ workshop on covering humanitarian assistance and providing disaster relief information, at the Kahama FM radio station in Shinyanga from 8 to 11 of June 2014.
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.