Potential centre of excellence in Africa to train community broadcasters
UNESCO and the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Broadcast School have entered into a partnership to train community radio broadcasters from Lesotho and Swaziland. The training seminar will focus on starting up community radio stations in these countries. The training will take place at the Walter Sisulu University broadcast studios in East London, South Africa, from 16 to 21 August 2009.
Walter Sisulu University's Broadcast School was chosen as training provider after being identified as a potential centre of excellence in media studies by UNESCO in 2007. The training will be directed by Phil Schneider, programme co-ordinator of the School.
The school has successfully undertaken training of community radio practitioners in 2007 and 2008, in partnership with the Eastern Cape Communication Forum, and is recognised as a leading trainer of radio broadcasters.
The current UNESCO and Walter Sisulu University training initiative is another example of University's close involvement in community development. "This partnership with UNESCO is an exciting opportunity for the University to play a meaningful role in community media development in Southern Africa and to forge partnerships with our neighbours," said Mr Schneider.
UNESCO strongly supports the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, thus contributing to human rights, development and democratisation. It strongly encourages the establishment of community radios for this purpose.
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