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Community Broadcasting Library set up in every community radio station in Bangladesh

Community Broadcasting Library at 16 Community Radio Stations in BangladeshThe community broadcasting library is being set up as an essential part of 16 community radio station in Bangladesh. Around 1000 rural broadcasters are directly benefited from the library. Each library acts as a knowledge center to radio practitioners, development activists volunteers and the community people around the station areas with support from European Union, Free Press Unlimited and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC).

The will help their community broadcasters, trainers and volunteers to gain more knowledge and skill. As home-based knowledge source the library contributes in improving the existing management and program production quality of radio managers and producers which at the same time will positively influence the knowledge and skill of the future broadcasters. supporting and enhancing educational goals as outlined in the school’s mission and curriculum; developing and sustaining in community broadcasters the habit and enjoyment of reading and learning, and the use of libraries throughout their lives; offering opportunities for experiences in creating and using information for knowledge, understanding, imagination and enjoyment; supporting all community broadcasters in learning and practicing skills for evaluating and using information, regardless of form, format or medium, including sensitivity to the modes of communication within the community; providing access to local, regional, national and global resources and opportunities that expose learners to diverse ideas, experiences and opinions; organizing activities that encourage cultural and social awareness and sensitivity; working with community broadcasters, station managers, local administrations and communities to achieve the mission of the community radio stations; proclaiming the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are essential to effective and responsible citizenship and participation in a democracy; and promoting reading and the resources and services of the community radio library to the whole community and beyond.

Under the initiative, BNNRC has provided one book self and a set of books to each of the station. The library has included a set of books published by BNNRC on the topics like right to information, how to ensure participation and sustainability of a radio station, effective program making (using formats like development drama), financial management and capacity strengthening of radio practitioners etc. Apart from publications on community radio, this library includes other knowledge materials, information, newsletter, statistical book and research paper on issues of mass media and development.

The library will remain as an essential part of the station which will be updated continuously.

It is expected that the library will provide community radio practitioners and human rights defenders with knowledge, tools and support to respond to freedom of expression, Right to Information, safety and protection of community journalists.

This will build awareness and strengthen understanding among the media practitioners which will effectively engage them in introducing media literacy at community level. Such a knowledge initiative will facilitate multi-stakeholder networks and support strategic linkages between national, regional and local level on the issues relevant to the lives and livelihood.

Source: BNNRC

The 16th Community Radio Station in Bangladesh, Community Radio SagarDwip 99.2, to broadcast Programs Officially

Hatiya, a small island, situated in the mouth of the river Meghna and the coast of Bay of Bengal under Noakhali District. It is known as a disaster-prone Upazila with unprivileged community.

The people of the Upazila are living with natural disaster and adverse environment. River erosion, tornado, storm, cyclone make their daily life immeasurable. Lack of education, malnutrition, unemployment, laps and gaps of knowledge flow and insufficient power supply situation deprive the communities from modern facilities. Life and livelihood of four and half millions people are insecure here due to poor transportation, communication system and lack of information technology services.

Reducing the sufferings of the people of Hatiya, Dwip Unnayan Sangstha (DUS) has been initiating to establish a community radio station in this area in line with Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR).

The 16th Community Radio station in Bangladesh the Community Radio Sagar Dwip 99.2 is going to broadcasting its programs officially on November 12, 2015.

Towards socio-economic and cultural betterment, however, it is expected that the radio station will play a vital role through broadcasting its program related to disaster risk reduction and upgrading the standard of their life and livelihood.

Now 15 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 125 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 5.6 million rural people in 67 upazillas under 13 districts.

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.

Source: BNNRC

Four Community Radio stations received the highest number of prizes in the Radio Category of the UNICEF Meena Media Awards, 2015

Four community radio stations of the country received 13 awards in the radio category of the Meena Media Award 2015 for their contributions in innovation in media and the protection of child rights in the year 2015.

As with every year, UNICEF Bangladesh organized the competition.

The winning stations are Community Radio Pollikontha 99.2, Community Radio Chilmari 99.2, Community Radio Jhenuk 99.2 and Community Borendra Radio 99.2 FM.

Earlier, ten (10) community radio stations of the country participated and submitted a total of 49 radio programs in the competition under two categories: (1) below 18 years of age and (2) above 18 years of age. These programs reflected important issues such as children education, the present situation of the female children and children from horizon communities, child marriages/early marriages, the evolution of  children organizations, child marriages in Dalit communities, suicide of children, negligence of girl children in the communities, life-threatening livelihood of child labourers and drug addiction and its effects on families and societies. Out of these 49 programs, 18 programs were from five CR Stations that received nominations and 13 programs received the final awards. This is the highest number of awards received by one single category in the media competition.

The final awards are as follows:

  1. Radio Pollikontha 99.2 received four awards: (1) Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Magazine Program (2ndprize) Theme: Education of Horizon [Dalits] Children; (2) Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Drama Program (3rd  prize) Theme: Child Marriage; (3) Innovation/creative category (below 18 years): Drama Program(2nd prize) Theme: Status and situation of Autistic children; (4) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Investigative Report (3rd prize) Theme: Drug addiction
  2. Radio Chilmari 99.2 received two awards: (1) Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Drama Program (1st prize) Theme: Child Marriage; (2) Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Report (3rd prize) Theme: Horizon Children: their way of life
  3. Radio Jhenuk 99.2 received three awards: (1) Investigative Reporting category (above 18 years): Report (2nd prize) Theme: Child labour in hazardous work environment; (2) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (3rd prize) Theme: Child tendency in suicide; (3) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (2nd prize) Theme: Study load on children
  4. Borendra Radio 99.2 received four awards: (1) Investigative Reporting category (above 18 years): Report (3rd prize) Theme: Education of the children of ethnic/indigenous community in their own language; (2) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (1st prize) Theme: Adolescence of a child; (3) Innovation/creative category (below 18 years): Drama Program (2nd prize) Theme: Education of the disadvantaged children; (4) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Drama (3rd prize) Theme: Study load of the children

As pre-scheduled the prizes have been distributed among the winners in a ceremony held at a hotel at Dhaka on October 20, 2015. Mr. Hasanul Huq Inu MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Information attended as chief guest. The winners received crests, certificates and cheques of taka 50,000 for 1st prize, taka 25,000 for the 2nd and taka 15,000 for 3rd position.

Source: BNNRC