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Ohangwena Radio

94.1 FM

Base FM

106.2 FM

Live FM

90.3 FM

National Forum on ICTs and Sustainability around the World Radio Day, Namibia

A three-day capacity building for local radio stations personnel in Namibia was conducted from 13 to 15 of February 2013 focusing on integration of ICTs in radio broadcasting and sustainability. This training was organised within the framework of the Namibia National Forum for local radios under the SIDA funded project and also with financial support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

Having taken place during the World Radio Day celebrations in Namibia, the participants had also the opportunity to take part in a four hour outside broadcasting event and to network with 19 radio stations from Namibia.

The trainees were drawn from Ohangwena community radio station, Base FM, Live FM, TBN radio, Karas FM and some of the public broadcasters. This National Forum therefore brought together local commercial, community, religious and public radios which greatly enriched the workshop through sharing their experiences and best practices. 
 
This training was most relevant to Namibian radio stations owing to the fact that in this era of technological explosion, local radios will need to remain relevant and position themselves in the information highway. The training will therefore enhance trainees’ skills in use of ICTs in such areas as gathering the information, editorial work, programme production and reporting, news broadcast, monitoring of radio programmes and finance planning and management.
 
Objectives
 
The training was geared towards achieving :
1. Use of ICT’s in radio broadcasting in Namibia to increase the programming quality of local radio stations.
2. Generation and broadcasting of local content that addresses development issues of public concerns with the involvement of the community members within the radios signal reach.
3. Radio stations in Namibia forming a strong network and working together to share best practices and tap into the national, regional and international resources.
4. Issues of sustainability presented in the local radio stations web streaming, RSS feeds and editorial and monitoring matters.

 

Methodology
 
The methodology used was participatory and took different formats. Besides the presentation sessions and group discussions, the trainer ensured that each participant produced at least 1 blog. A common Facebook page named “Namibia Media Chain” was established for networking purposes and to also be a platform for the one month mentoring programme as a follow-up to this training. Each participant also opened a Twitter account and identified at least three FOSS to be used in their respective stations.
 
Feedback from participants
 
What did you like about the training?
 
  • I liked everything, and the trainer was warm and had lots of information. She encouraged all the participants, and all in all it was fruitful.
  • I liked the fact that it was not just theory but also practical work. The trainer was great! She had good and concrete examples.
  • Very environmentally friendly training. Day 1: Background knowledge was well prepared for beginners, challenges and mechanisms for radio were well explained with examples from daily life. The highlight was the use of Facebook and Twitter. I believe we are now equipped with a strong basis for feedback from using the search engines.
  • I liked interaction and information sharing in order to strengthen our stations.
  • I liked very much the bringing together with other stations.

What did you not like?

  • Slow internet.
  • Some practics were not experienced on time due to slow internet.

What support do you require from UNESCO as a follow up to this training?

  • The partnership should not end. UNESCO should train managers on fundraising and how to make the stations survive.
  • I think Station Managers can benefit from even more trainings especially on topics such as sustainability (i.e. increasing competition, limited budgets etc.).
  • Technical support for research/excellence for the station should be taught.
  • As a presenter I think we need more advanced technical supply, as most of the time we are struggling with producing the show being not able to get information and make research.
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