Handing over radio equipment to Daystar University, Kenya
UNESCO Nairobi Office officially handed over to Daystar University, updated radio equipment for the University's Department of Mass Communication. Present at the handover ceremony held on 26th July 2011 at the University's Athi River Campus was Prof. Joseph Massaquoi, Director, UNESCO Nairobi Office, Dr. Timothy Wachira, Daystar University Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Kombo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC), Academic Affairs, Dr. Philip Kitui, DVC, Finance and Administration, Prof. Faith Nguru, Dean, School of Communication and Dr. Levi Obonyo, Head of Communication Department, among other university staff.The project, funded by UNESCO through the International Programme for the Development of Communication, was initiated with the aim to enhance the quality of media training offered to Diploma, Undergraduate and Master's students at the institution.
Although Daystar University was the first Kenyan University to have established and operated a licensed radio station, the equipment in the radio studio had become outdated. The updated equipment supported by UNESCO now operates both digital and analogue broadcasting. The university hosts Shine FM, a radio station which airs programmes in Kiswahili, English and Kikamba languages, serving as a training facility for students and also reaching out to communities living around Athi River, with news and information. Daystar is historically known as the premier broadcast training institution in Kenya especially in the area of radio training. In 2008 it was named, among nine other institutions in Africa as a potential center of reference in journalism and training by UNESCO.