UNESCO Windhoek cluster office organized and carried out a 3 day training workshop at !AH radio station, from 18th June 2013 to 20th June 2013. This training aimed at providing training on editorial, programming, monitoring, gender focus and introduction to ICTs to 6 participants (4 women and 2 men) from !aH Radio station in Tsumkwe, Namibia. The training was carried out by Mr. Khumbulani M. Ndlovu, station manager of Base FM, and assisted by Arantxa Mandiola, UNESCO Windhoek.
The training focused on equipping the !AH radio staff with skills on editorial know-how to handle local news, Increase the capacity of the !AH radio staff to provide more quality programming and local news outputs relevant to the issues of local concern, as well as Introduce them to relevant radio broadcasting ICTs, especially FOSS and social media. This training specifically covered the following:
- Editorial, Programming and monitoring matters, including gender focus and different radio formats.
- Use of ICT’s in Radio programming, use of internet as well as the three main areas of public concerns in Tsumkwe area (Alcohol abuse, school drop outs and health esp TB).
- Covering community issues fairly and objectively, with a special focus on gender.
The methodology used for this training gave the participants theoretical but also practical skills and tools as the training was delivered in a participatory approach, with group work, presentations and field visits. These field activities led to editing some of the material that they had recorded during an on field recording session in the town of Tsumkwe during a community meeting, which was held to discuss the issue of land and animals. They also put into practice the acquired knowledge on radio formats such as radio drama, by producing a 3 minute script.
An evaluation carried-out on the impact of the training revealed that the workshop was successful and met the objectives. As a result of this training, two ICTs (ZaraRadio, Au) were installed on the radio computers and are now being used by the station staff, as well as a Facebook page and email account for the radio that will help improve communication with the community.
The training on editorial ICTs was a major improvement for the radio station as, up until then, edition of content was done in analogue system, which is now no longer necessary since the staff was specifically trained on digital editing, saving the radio station’s time and notably increasing the quality and opportunities of their programming and content.