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UNESCO trains new practitioners of community radios in Zimbabwe

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UNESCO trains new practitioners of community radios in Zimbabwe

The training was organized to strengthen the capacity of new community radios to serve disaster-prone communities in Manicaland province.

HARARE, Zimbabwe, October 14, 2021 / APO Group / –

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), in collaboration with Perch Media Trust, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Community Radio Association (ZACRAS), organized training workshops for radio stations. Newly licensed community radio station in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. The workshops were funded through support from the EU-funded project on #CoronaVirusFacts and the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) funded by the World Bank and managed by UNOPS.

Minister of Information, Advertising and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa presented graduation certificates to trainees during national celebrations of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) held in Chimanimani district on September 27, 2021.

The training workshops took place in Nyanga for Nyangani FM, Chimanimani for Chimanimani FM and Chipinge for Ndau FM from September 20 to 27, 2021.

Speaking to community radio staff trained during follow-up visits to the three new community radio stations in Manicaland province, UNESCO ROSA manager Martiale Zebaze-Kana challenged the trainees to use their stations. community radio station to showcase their talent and improve their communities. .

He said certified community radio staff should harness their skills and work together to improve their radio stations. He then congratulated the certified community radio practitioners for their efforts and commitment during the training period.

Bright Barwe, one of Nyanga FM’s trained participants, pledged to apply the skills learned to develop his community. He said the training made them work collectively for the betterment of their community.

The training was organized to strengthen the capacity of the new community radios to serve disaster-prone communities in Manicaland Province as reliable sources of early warning communication against floods and drought. Community radio practitioners were also trained on how to tackle misinformation and misinformation about the corona virus.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, UNESCO is providing technical support to the Government of Zimbabwe for the establishment of community radio stations in the country.

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