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Community radio training programme starts today in India

03-03-2009 (New Delhi)
Community radio training programme starts today in India
Community radio reporters
recording a programme at
Radio Bundelkhand.
A training course on Community Radio: A Tool to Empower Communities is taking place from 3 to 5 March 2009 in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is organized by a local Indian NGO, Development Alternatives, in technical cooperation with UNESCO and its partner organization, Maraa - A Media Collective. This field-based training is being held at a recently launched community radio station, Radio Bundelkhand 90.4.
Radio Bundelkhand was initiated by Development Alternatives (DA) in early 2007 with a mission to disseminate relevant information to the rural audience. This community radio now covers approximately 5-10 km and 25 villages with a population of 15000. It seeks to promote interactive development communication and to give voice to the deprived and marginalised communities of Bundelkhand region of Central India. Radio Bundelkhand is amongst the first three community radio stations approved and licensed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, under its new Community Radio Policy. UNESCO supported the station with equipment and training.

The current training course, which is expected to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop a community radio station, will be imparted by experienced staff from Maraa. More particularly, the course aims at the following:
  • to clarify the concepts related to community radio;
  • to explain the government policies and expectations it has for the organizations setting up their own community radio station; and
  • to provide tools to develop basic production and post-production skills.
About fifteen participants registered for the workshop include development professionals from NGOs, officers from central and state governments, representatives of academic institutions and international development organizations, as well as individuals who want to set up their own community radio stations or to support existing community radios.

Participants will be provided with training material accompanied by the following UNESCO publications:
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