24.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Sa’a Suriya Radio program: Second round of Jordanian youth training takes place in Amman

Sa'a Suriya youth training

Amman – Radio has a strong and specific role in emergency and post-conflict situations as it is a mass medium that reaches to the widest audience in the world. In its second year, the Sa’a Suriya radio programme has become a vital, well-known and much needed programme that targets Syrian refugees residing in the host communities in Jordan. Implemented by UNESCO and in partnership with "Un ponte per… "(UPP), it serves as a communication platform for refugees and marginalized youth to access information, voice personal stories and interact with the local community and service providers.

An integral component of the programme is the active participation of trained Jordanian youth reporters who produce field reportages with the Syrian refugees, while joining them in their daily life and conducting interviews. In each episodes of the Sa’a Suriya programme, reportages that have been produced by youth reporters are being aired. The production of human face reportages and the interaction with refugee communities require specific journalistic skills that the Jordanian youth reporters learn during a 5-day training prior to their practical involvement in the programme. "The ultimate purpose of the youth involvement is to contribute to building deeper understanding and cooperation among youth with diverse backgrounds in the host communities. This can make a big difference", said Ameen Otleh, one of the Jordanian youth who participated in the second round of the training that took place from 17-21 August 2014 at Farah al Nas Radio Station in Amman.

During the training, 14 Jordanian youths, male and female, were trained on major aspects of the reportage-making process such as interviewing and reporting techniques. Mohammad Massad, the presenter of Sa’a Suriya on Farah Al Nas noted that "this five-day course identifies key radio reporting, editing and broadcasting skills required by humanitarian journalists and will not only give participants an understanding of reporting theories and techniques, but will also equip them with tools crucial for interviewing refugees".

The training is part of the second capacity development phase within the scope of the project and started in July with a training for youth from Irbid and Mafraq that was held at Yarmouk University.

The Sa’a Suriya radio programme targets Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian youth, in particular in the northern governorates of Irbid and Mafraq, in addition to Amman and Zarqa.

The bi-weekly live radio show is broadcasted every Monday and Wednesday, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Yarmouk FM which covers Irbid and Mafraq governorates in the North, and every Sunday and Tuesday, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Farah AlNas Radio reaching Amman and Zarqa governorates in central Jordan. Each episode of the programme focuses on a different topic among a variety of priorities, like Education, Health, Legal, Psychosocial Support, Child Labor or Water, and provides relevant information, including contacts, directions and information on services offered by different organizations and local institutions, with a special focus on women and youth. Each episode hosts a guest speaker and listeners are invited to actively participate in the programme through phone calls which makes the radio an effective tool for service providers to interact and reach out to their beneficiaries. The project is generously funded by the Government of Japan.

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