Second phase (2015-2018)
Themes: ICT, Internet,

UNESCO, together with the Swedish government and the great help from Community Media Support (CMS), conducted a three-day training workshop on technical proficiency for community radios from 09 to 11 November 2015 at West Wind Hotel in Meru County, Kenya. The training attracted 12 participants, either staff or managers, from 4 community radios namely Sauti FM, Mwanedu FM, Mangelete FM and Mugambo Jwetu FM. The representation of women also was ensured as 5 participants out of the total were female media professionals.

Local Radio

Sauti FM

98.1 FM

Mwanedu Radio

96.1 FM

Mangelete Radio

89.1 FM

In first place, the training intended to enable participants to primarily appreciate the need for technical skills in community radio while demonstrating the effective handling of equipment. How did both trainers and trainees accomplish these objectives? Goals were achieved when participants understood the need of promoting effective supervision of the daily/ routine practices. This appreciation led them also value the need for teamwork in technical proficiency while ensuring total commitment of all in technical issues. 
This training fully explored different areas of consideration while consciously discussing and explaining equipment and general technical proficiency. Participants, despite the fact of their lack of previous knowledge, were finally able to clearly spell out the potential and importance of a right equipment’s maintenance and apply the knowledge and skills gained during the training. 
While the methodology used during the training workshop could have seem unappealing to public as it included many power point presentations and a lot of technical lessons, both trainers and trainees were very interactive as many group discussions and practical applications approach were organized, showing the willingness of each participant to get the best out of this technical but still interactive and illustrative experience.  
This workshop was organized within the framework of the “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” project led by UNESCO and funded by the Swedish government UNESCO's project "Empowering Local Radios with ICTs" aims to bridge the gap between poor people - especially women and girls - and the public debate on issues of local public concern. This is achieved through a series of capacity-building activities in local radio stations, improving the programming quality, providing training on the use of ICTs and helping them to increase their geographical range of news coverage with a network of correspondents. The project, furthermore, focus on gender equality actions and financial sustainability of the radio stations.

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Community media, including local radio, should be supported from several angles: strenghtened skills and capacity-building, reinforced network and knowledge sharing, promotion of favorable legislative environment for sustainable growth. UNESCO is supporting community media practically by training professionals, but is also working with duty-bearers to ensure progress at policy-level.