UNESCO supports community radio capacity building programme in Uganda
Almost twenty community radio editors and producers in Uganda are utilizing the timely knowledge which was imparted during an interactive two-week training course in digital radio production which ended on Friday, 11 October 2012.
The workshop which was supported by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and organized by Radio Apac - a Ugandan community radio station - aimed to enhance the development of community media. The training sought to address the problem of community radio staff’s lack of professional production skills, which leads to difficulty in the creation, storage, publishing and broadcasting of quality locally-generated content.
“The training was perfect. It has helped me to know more about the roles of community radio stations in serving the needs of the people. I hope that UNESCO will continue to offer more training sessions like this,” said Okello Dennis of Apac Radio.
Similar sentiments were echoed by other participants including Ssenabulya James of Lanaseke Community Multimedia Centre (CMC), who noted that “it was a wonderful opportunity to have such skills. Community radio staff have been really lacking in such skills. I hope that from now on, we shall be able to manage and sustain our radio stations with such skills.”
The sessions which targeted media professionals from at least seven community radio stations were based on the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education. Among the areas covered were reporting and writing, media law and the foundations of journalism.