UNESCO to donate broadcasting equipment to community radio station in Manicaland, Zimbabwe



UNESCO to donate broadcasting equipment to community radio station in Manicaland, Zimbabwe

Rapid dissemination of information, especially in local languages, is essential during disasters and emergencies

PARIS, France, September 25, 2021 / APO Group / –

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and the Ministry of Information, Advertising and Broadcasting Services, with funding from the World Bank under the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) managed by the ‘UNOPS, will donate broadcasting equipment to a community radio station in Manicaland province on September 27, 2021..

The equipment will be handed over to community radio during this year’s commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information to be held in Chimanimani district.

Community broadcasting is expected to improve communication in the province which was hit by Cyclone Idai which left a trail of destruction in 2019. The rapid dissemination of information, especially in local languages, is essential during disasters and emergency situations. ’emergency. Damage and loss of life can be reduced because timely information ensures that communities take mitigation actions well in advance.

Manicaland community radios are thus mobilized to broadcast life-saving messages in real time through public service announcements and to ensure that what happened in 2019 during Cyclone Idai does not happen again.

In addition to the purchase of equipment, UNESCO also provides technical support and capacity building trainings to support community radio practitioners.

The Minister of Information, Advertising and Broadcasting Services, the Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa, is expected to officiate at the handover ceremony with the officer in charge of UNESCO ROSA, Martiale Zebaze Kana. The material to be handed over includes audio mixers, CD / MP3 players, monitors, microphones, editing software, FM antennas and transmitters.

UNESCO’s regional communications and information adviser, Mr. Al Amin Yusuph hopes that community radios “will be able to provide early warning systems and emergency responses to future disasters.”

He added that early response systems would be achieved through links between community radios, community communication mechanisms and regional and national mechanisms.

The community radios will be part of the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project’s community early warning system, which aims to strengthen the resilience of communities to disasters and emergencies in the region.

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