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Radio Training workshop in South Sudan

Monday 26 September 2016, by SIGNIS

Juba, September 26th, 2016 (UNESCO). UNESCO and UNDP in partnership with Radio for Peace Network (RaPNet) organized a training workshop for station managers and editors from 14 radio stations in South Sudan. The Training took place in Juba from 21 -22 September 2016.

The purpose of the two-day Workshop was to capacitate radio station managers with the skills to engage traditional authorities, Civil Society Organisations(CSOs), policy makers and all other peacebuilding stakeholders on issues related to peace and reconciliation as well to engage them on discussions related to the recently enacted Small Arms and Light Weapons(SALW) Act.

Leveraging on the strength of radio to provide a platform that gives a voice to the voiceless South Sudanese, especially those living in the rural areas where no other communications are available. Radio stations provide the much needed platform for strengthening the intercommunity dialogue, reporting on key issues of concern. This training aims to provide skills to the station managers to engage different stakeholders with a view to identify home grown solutions and through radio programmes to link communities with the decision makers at the community, state and national levels.

UNESCO Office in Juba is complementing UNDP South Sudan Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) project component to “Strengthen civil society, promote accountability and engender social cohesion” through its Radio for Peace Network (RaPNET) that brings together radio stations in South Sudan to advocate for a culture of peace, provide women and youth with access to information, equal representation and participation in decision making, and radio and mobile application peace messages.

RaPNet membership is drawn from 14 radio stations from across South Sudan namely: (Good News Radio (Rumbek), Voice of Hope Radio (Wau),Radio Emmanuel (Torit), Anisa Radio (Yambio), Easter Radio (Yei), Don Bosco (Tonj), Bakhita Radio (Juba), Star FM (Yei), Pibor Community Radio (Pibor), Morobo FM (Yei near the border), Jonglei FM (Bor), Voice of Freedom (Magwi), South Sudan Radio and Eye Radio.

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