29.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Climate Change: Senegal's community radios get involved

Beach close to Saint Louis, Senegal©UNESCO/Anne Muller

This week, directors, editors and presenters of some thirty Senegalese community radios are gathered in a training workshop on climate change.

They will learn how to spread messages about the need to adopt more climate-friendly behaviours in rural villages in all regions of the country. The workshop runs from 28 January to 1 February 2013 in Toubacouta, Senegal.

It is organized by Enda, an international NGO based in Senegal, as part of their "Fréquence Climat" project, and UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar are jointly organizing the workshop.

Enda brings to the fore contents on climate change whereas UNESCO contributes with training on which techniques to use for collecting and processing information for climate change radio programmes.

UNESCO Dakar will also present a monitoring and evaluation system to assess the impact of broadcasted programmes.

“We need to convey messages on climate change to populations living in rural areas,” says Jean-Pierre Ilboudo, Chief of Information and Communication Section at UNESCO Dakar. “They have to know that some of their behaviours can affect the environment in a negative way, and what to do to find more climate-friendly ways of living.”

He adds that ccommunity radios in the 30 community multimedia centres (CMC) in Senegal are an excellent channel to reach the populations because they broadcast in local languages and they interact with their audiences.

Combine theory and practice

The workshop is composed of both theory and practical exercises. During the workshop participants will develop a series of programmes on climate change and evaluating their relevance based on the content and the technical production.




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