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Five Community Radio Started Flood Broadcasting in Northern Part of Bangladesh

Millions of people affected by flood in Northern part of Bangladesh

Due to the ongoing terrible flood, millions of people in northern part of Bangladesh fall in an adverse situation. Flood protection embankments flash away daily, new areas down, destroying crops and the sufferings of the people with their livestock reaches in an extreme misery condition in line with the flood situation worsened further as the onrush of water from upstream was continuing, affecting around six lakh people in 20 districts, said Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Five community radio stations have started flood Broadcasting in Northern Part of Bangladesh with the community people in a special disaster risk reduction focus. The Community Radio stations are; Community Radio Chilmari, Chilmari of Kurigram, Community Radio Sarabela of Gaibandha, Community Radio Mukti of Bogura, Community Radio Borendra of Naogaon and Community Radio Pollikontho of Moulvibazar in line with the Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

The people of the riverside areas are passing days in panic-stricken uncertainty. People are facing scarcity of food and shelters. Road communication totally collapsed- as per the expert’s opinion “the effects of the flood seem to be more extreme than the 1998 situation”. Related government authorities ensured that they have taken possibly all preparation.

In the meanwhile, the community radio stations have broadcasted 23 hours programs related to the deadly flood situation. The programs were produced in the format of special bulletins, magazine programs, spot reports, interview and public service announcement.

The contents of the programs are on flood forecasting, precautionary measures for facing flood, ongoing flood situations, report on the affected areas, post flood situation and measures, and the role of the community people to protect and reduce the loss of lives and resources etc. In addition, the programs narrated- how to protect the children, women, pregnant mothers, older citizens, live-stocks and household stuff.

A total of 41 community broadcasters of 16 youth women and 25 youths have been continuously working in different community radio stations. It is to be noted that the broadcasters have obtained the Disaster Risk Reduction training from Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC). The broadcasters are working closely with the local government authority.

The five community radio stations maintained full-time liaison with the disaster monitoring cells at district and Upazila administration. They also kept contact and collected updated information from the NGOs volunteers who were working hard with the disaster-prone community. Till to date, they have participated in 8 coordination meetings organized by the local government. They are getting updates, guidelines and aware about measures to be taken. Community radio stations are keeping a continuous connection with the district, upazilas and union Disaster Management Committees and the encouraging the communities with information for facing the deadly situation.

Community radios are broadcasting the interview of Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Chairman, Upazila and Union Parishad, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Upazila Health Officer, Upazila Agriculture Officer, Upazila Education Officer, representatives of Disaster Management Committee and the victims and community people as well.

According to the Community Radio Stations- the villages goes under water in a sudden and road communication totally collapsed so food, safe drinking water, shelter and veterinary feed stock become in immeasurable condition. Besides, transportation, sanitation, and schooling situation are extreme too.

In post flood situation, child diseases, food supply, rehabilitation work, seed and seedling, Vet-feed, employment and maintenance of road communication will be the prior initiatives to settle up. Community broadcasters expect that government along with NGOs and other CBOs will take necessary steps jointly to make the community life easy. Community Radio broadcasters believe that “Together Everyone Achieves More” and the means to solve problems in stages.

BNNRC) is maintaining full-time contact and coordination with the five community radio stations. The contact points for the community radio stations are;

Mr. Boshiur Uddin, Station Manager, Radio Chilmari, Kurigram. phone: 88 01719 46 49 81. E-mail: boshir.radiochilmari@gmail.com

Mr. Mahfujul Haque, Station Manager, Radio Sarabela, Gaibandha. phone: 88 0173007 25 25. E-mail: mahfujfaruque86@gmail.com

Mr. Ariful Islam Chowdhury, Station Manager, Radio Mukti, Bogra. phone: 88 01735 9331 56. E-mail: acrm156@gmail.com

Mr. Shubrata Sarkar, Station Manager, Borendro Radio, Naogaon. phone: 88 01712 9240 62. E-mail: shubratasarkar10@gmail.com

Mr. Mehadi Hasan, Sr, Station Manager, Radio Pollikontho, Moulvibazar. phone: 88 0171198 5510. E-mail: mehedi.mh@brac.net

Mr. Kamaruzzaman, Disaster Control Room In-charge of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), Dhaka Phone: 8801711131211 E-Mail: pc@bnnrc.net

It can be mentioned that BNNRC has supported the radio stations during the times of cyclone Mahasen , Komen, Roanu and Mora in the coastal part of Bangladesh thus helped to save the lives and assets of millions of the coastal region. BNNRC kept constant coordination with five Community Radio stations and provided information and guidance in the whole process.

Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief(MoDMR) has already created Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system Disaster Early Warning System Saving Lives & Livelihood and Emergency Alerts and Warnings through dedicated phone number 10941. Mass People Can Dial 10941 for Emergency Alerts and Warnings.

The Ministry has piloted the use of mobile technology involving Interactive Voice Response (IVR) to disseminate weather advisory and disaster early warning alerts to the population at-risk areas. Operating under MoDMR this facility provides the general public 24/7 access to receive updated pre-recorded multi-hazard early warning messages that are generated from Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) and Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Source: BNNRC

Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2, Bangladesh received ABU Awards on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction from Asia-Pacific Region

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Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2, from the North–East part of Bangladesh received the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Award on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction on 10 May 2017 at a Gala Award Ceremony during the ABU Media Summit on Climate Change and DRR, 10-12 May 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio, Community TV, Community Film] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited.

Ms. Ankhi Palit, the producer of Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2 received the best radio feature international award in the category of “Disaster Risk Reduction” in a competition for the broadcasters organized by Asia – Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

The award was given in recognition of the best production and presentation of a community radio feature titled: “Follow Earthquake Practices and self yourself.” Ankhi Palit produced the program following a radio script prepared by Mr. Biplob Kanti Dev, another producer of Radio Pollikontho.

Mr. Martuza Ahmed Hon’ble Secretary of the Ministry of Information handed over the prize to Ankhi Palit on 10 May, 2017 at a Gala night held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

H E Hasanul Haq Inu MP, Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Information, & Dr. Javed Mottagi, Secretary General, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and all participants of 3rd ABU Media Summit were present during the Gala Awards Ceremony.

The program was organized on the occasion of 3rd ABU Media Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 10-12 May. The Summit was organized with the objectives to highlight the Asia –Pacific best practices, skills and lessons learnt in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptations.

Radio Pollikontho is the only recipient of this award from Bangladesh.  It can be mentioned that Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar jointly co-organized the 3rd ABU Media Summit on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Awards encourage inspiring story telling from across the globe about the biggest challenge to the mankind and solutions to this global threat. This is annual competition honours the best Radio and Television program on climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. The competition has two radio and two television categories and two special awards.

Source: BNNRC

Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya – A World of Migrants Disrupting the Singular Narrative

PRESS RELEASE
Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya – A World of Migrants
Disrupting the Singular Narrative

New Delhi, 25 April 2017. On the occasion of International Labour Day, UNESCO is launching an awareness campaign to highlight the importance of creating inclusive urban spaces for migrants. Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya or A World of Migrants is a series of 10 Radio Programmes (3–4 minutes each) produced by UNESCO featuring several real-life situations involving migrants and the challenges they face in accessing their rights and entitlements.

The first radio programme will be aired on Monday 1 May 2017 on three channels of All India Radio (FM Gold, FM Rainbow and MW Indraprastha)* and the complete series will be broadcast over a period of 4 weeks, on weekdays, twice a day, from 1 May till 26 May 2017.

With Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya, UNESCO attempts to disrupt the singular image of the underprivileged migrant as a suffering, needy and dependent person to a resilient, strong survivor and entrepreneur through the medium of radio.

The radio programmes adopt alternative narratives to highlight unique characteristics of migrants in the city, for example: migrants as agents of development, migrants as upholders of cultural diversity, the migrant working woman, migrants as contributors to skill diversity and migrants as symbol of new aspirations.

The approach adopted is to evoke empathy amongst urban dwellers by focusing on similarities between migrants from rural areas and residents from urban areas. The series will focus on sharing the lived experience and contributions of migrants to the cities they migrate to and thereby disrupt the homogeneous image. “We wish to draw attention to the brave choices migrants make and encourage city dwellers to ensure that migrants feel part of a city which is welcoming, inclusive and recognizes migrants entitlement to a dignified life” says Ms. Marina Faetanini, Section`s Chief and Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO New Delhi.

The Radio Programmes can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pZQqiM

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CONTACTS
Ms Marina Faetanini, Section Chief and Programme Specialist, Social & Human Sciences (SHS)
Email: m.faetanini@unesco.org

Ms Rekha Beri, Documentalist and Public Information Officer
Email: r.beri@unesco.org
* AIR FM Gold 106.4 MHz, AIR FM Rainbow 102.6 MHz, AIR MW Indraprastha 819 KHtz (366.3 meters)

 

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ANNEXURE
A World of Migrants
Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya

DESCRIPTION OF RADIO PROGRAMMES
The format of the 10 radio programmes is dramatized situations and portraits interspersed with short interviews and announcements of facts/statistics (All 10 Radio Programmes are available on the attached DVD, along with transcripts in both English and Hindi).

Each Radio Programme has a specific theme and an objective targeting a unique issue:

Radio Programme N.1 – The right to migrate: The programme contrasts how international migration is seen as desirable and internal migration is seen as problematic by the city dweller. The programme puts aspiration in context by juxtaposing the animated preparations before travel that migrants from both classes (lower and upper) undertake. The focus is on similarities to evoke empathy.

Radio Programme N.2 – The migrant as an entrepreneur: The lived experiences of migrants and their contributions to the place/city they migrate to: The ways in which they create opportunities and identities for themselves; the ways in which they create housing and water facilities for themselves.

Radio Programme N.3 – A life without migrants: Using satire and irony to draw out a number of everyday tasks that city dwellers take for granted that will come to a halt in the absence of the migrant community that is willing to take on the dangerous and difficult jobs.

Radio Programme N.4 – Disrupting the homogenous image: The child and his school; the woman and domestic work; the man in the factory/rickshaw (very short positive narratives)

Radio Programme N.5 – Belongings and un-belongings: How migrants’ identities depend on cultural, social and other cooperation and dynamics in the city and the amount of othering they face. The city dweller is a part of this project.

Radio Programme N.6 – The working woman: Creating an equity of inequities. A portrait of two migrant working women from two different classes struggling for childcare.

Radio Programme N.7 – Agencies and Choices: Narratives of the brave choices that migrants make when deciding to leave adversity and how they bring change in their source areas.

Radio Programme N.8 – Migration and Change: The small and incremental changes in gender norms; how the experience of travel expands narrow traditional and caste based restrictive practices.

Radio Programme N.9 – What can we do?: Highlighting very small and doable things city dwellers can do to contribute, like don’t haggle with the rickshaw puller, strike up a conversation, pay minimum wages, provide leave to the domestic help, etc.

Radio Programme N.10 – A did you know quiz with migrants and city dwellers alike on internationally acknowledged rights of migrants. It is done by asking people on the streets the questions regarding migration.

For full transcripts in Hindi and English, click here: bit.ly/2pkNWi2

Social & Human Sciences (SHS), UNESCO New Delhi: Through the Gender Youth Migration Initiative (GYM) a UNESCO Online Initiative on Migration, UNESCO promotes the social inclusion of migrants (internal and international) in the economic, social, political and cultural life of the country, using a multi-track approach combining research, policy and advocacy. Since June 2014, the web-portal received 1.8 million page views from over 112,000 visitors belonging to 183 countries. A GYM Newsletter is issued monthly to 690 subscribers from across the world.

More here: www.unescogym.org
UNESCO website: www.unesco.org/newdelhi