22.08.2011 - UNESCO

UNESCO to support training of South African women in production of community radio documentaries on science and engineering

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Bush Radio (South Africa), Africa's oldest community radio station project in partnership with UNESCO will be hosting a two-week training course for twelve women in community radio to produce radio documentaries on women in the fields of science and engineering. At least one woman radio producer from each province of South Africa will be included in the training with four women coming from Western Cape stations. "The stations included in this training is a mixture of urban, peri-urban and rural stations" said Brenda Leonard, the Managing Director of Bush Radio.

This training that will take place from 29 August to 10 September 2011 will form part of a broader project called "Upgrading the technical and Radio production skills of Women in Community Radio to produce features and documentaries on Women in Science and Engineering" that is funded by the UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). This activity falls within the framework of UNESCO's contribution towards strengthening free, independent and pluralistic media and within the efforts to develop human capacities.

This six month project includes the partial upgrade of the Bush Radio studios, a two-week training course and the production and broadcasting of programmes. The first programmes are scheduled to be ready for broadcast during Women's Month in August, and continue airing over a period of 3 months.

The project will be complete by the end of 2011, and will benefit not only the women, but those radio stations they represent and the broader community they broadcast too, as the skills attained during the training will improve the overall quality and content of each station.

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