23.02.2012 - UNESCO

Communities on air: World Radio Day celebrated in Costa Rica

Training in Frailes: Students learn interview techniques - © UNESCO/Jorge Arias Sánchez

Thirty young women and men from Panama City and Colon, and fifteen children from Frailes in Desamparados, Costa Rica, learned how to produce their own radio messages at a training workshop organized by UNESCO’s Office in San Jose as part of the celebration of World Radio Day 2012.

The workshops took place respectively at the Fundación para la Educación en la Televisión (FETV) in Panamá, from 8 to 15 February; and at the Centre for Access to Technologies in Frailes, from 13 to 17 February. Both sessions included radio production in digital formats and use of social networks. Participants learned how to use information and communication technologies (ICT) for searching and producing new content for the dissemination of messages in their communities.

In total, twelve radio spots have been produced as an outcome of the trainings. Participants worked on contents and formats that allowed them to depict their own realities, opinions and dreams, and to share their personal experiences. The spots are now being broadcast by the radios in their communities as well as by , an online radio created by UNESCO’s San Jose Office in recognition of the first World Radio Day.

Participants included in their programmes such topics as:

  • respect for cultural diversity,
  • peace building and human rights,
  • strengthening freedom of expression through local content created by youth for youth,
  • preventing violence, etc.

This occasion was also used to convey the message of the UNESCO Director General to the media in Central America and Mexico.

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