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Reaching More Corners of the Country 
Wave II Moving Forward
Getting the CC Together
Journalism Communication Education Review
Preparing Phase II

Reaching More Corners of the Country
A strong and capable Public Service Broadcaster broadcasting working in the most important national languages is the most important medium - also - in country like Mozambique. For the UNESCO Media Development Project, with our priority project objectives of ensuring decentralization in order to facilitate a broad-based participation in the central democratic processes, we are therefore very pleased to be able to turn project plans for support to Radio Mozambique into reality.
In our Project Document the Immediate Objective 10.2 reads as follows:    "Tree Repeaters for Radio Moçambique provided and installed".
As our project started active implementation long after the preparation of the initial project document, the mentioned repeaters had in the meantime been provided through other channels. The tri-partite structure above the project therefore proposed to have an independent study carried out to identify the new priority needs, in order for the project to be able to assist Radio Mozambique in its efforts to reach as large parts of the population as possible - effectively.
On the basis of this national assessment, the priority development needs identified were in Gaza province. Gaza is one of the most vulnerable areas of the country - as amply demonstrated through the recent floods, as well as in terms of food security in general - and therefore in special need of relevant, local programming. At the same time, however, it is situated so close to the national capital that when prioritizing for the vast national territory of Mozambique, Gaza has up until now for 'local programmes' been serviced by Radio Mozambique's Maputo-based 'Inter Provincial Service'. This should be seen in light of the fact that the other eight provinces have their own Provincial Delegation producing up to 21 hours of local Public Service Radio.
UNESCO therefore decided to follow the recommendations of the consultant, which means that during the coming 9-12 month period we will collaborate with Radio Mozambique in establishing in the Xai-Xai area (capital of Gaza province) an AM transmitter. Radio Mozambique will through its own efforts at the same time establish the other needed components for a fully-fledged provincial delegation for Gaza. At the same time an FM transmitter will ensure that the national radio channel in Portuguese can be heard by many more people in Gaza.

A total of 20 volunteers of the wave II community Radio (CR) stations from Niassa, Zambézia, Sofala and Maputo provinces will attend a two weeks course on “How to start and Manage a Community Radio” in Maputo, from 10 to 21 July.
The course is organized by the Media Project in collaboration with NSJ’s Tailor-made Training and Consultation Services and will focus on the concepts of community participation and mechanisms to create a sustainable CR.
The participants represent five non-governmental organizations with in-depth community roots that submitted Community Radio applications to the Media Project and were selected by the Independent Selection Board.
The five community oriented organizations are: Amanhecer-Coop (Metangula), PSZ (Milange), ASSERCO (Dondo), UGC (Bagamoyo) and LEMO (Matola), and each of them will be sending four participant to course.
The Media Project earlier organized a similar course in Maputo, from 7 to 18 February 200, for participants coming from among other, Institute for Social Communication, and the communities that UNESCO is working with.

The Media Project organized two days workshop with the Communication Centre (CC) groups in Beira on 3-4 June 2000
Following the conclusions and recommendations of the worshop, the three groups finalized the Strategic Action Plans and submitted these to the Media Project for comments and finalization.
The next step is to sign the Activity Financing Contracts with the legally established Associations and later on provide the CC with more equipment, such as powerful computers with Internet access, laser printers, photocopiers and other.

A study on reforming and upgrading journalism and communication education and training is being carried out by the Media Project during July.
In terms of the Project’s Immediate Objective 6, the study shall come up with recommendations to “meet training needs and requirements of independent and pluralistic media in the country”.
The study, being headed by an experienced communication specialist, includes meeting with the national media to identify core qualification needs of the sector today, as well as consultations with institutions responsible for long-term training programmes.

The Media Project organized during the first weeks of July a series of consultative meeting with different stakeholders in preparation of the draft project document for phase II.
The meeting were organized as follow-up to the Consultative Meeting of March 30, during and other main stakeholders a first draft project proposals for phase II of the Media Project.
Involved in the meetings were planners, media managers and editors, who discussed among other topics, the better ways of the proposed phase II of this Project to tackle issues like: youth, women, paper-support and one new subject: HIV/Aids.
The present Project is expected to end in June2001.

Media Development Project c/o UNESCO, P.O.Box 1397 Maputo, Mozambique
Tel. + 258.1. 498752/ 490840 Fax +258.1.498717
E-mail: unesco@mediamoz.com