The Coordination Nucleus of the Community Radio "family" in Mozambique
held its inaugural meeting October the 2nd in Maputo, to start
in preparation of its first plans.
The group also considers legal reform discussions on media legislation
in general and on community radio in particular as another subject of
major interest. The government, through the Information Office Cabinet (GABINFO)
welcomed contributions from the Coordinnation Nucleus in a debate
sheduled to start soon on possible law reforms concerning particularly
community radio in Mozambique.
In preparation of its first action plan, the Coordination Nucleus
concentred on a series of practical questionnaires to be sent to all
radio-partners with the objective of allowing a first, much reliable
information on the prevailing panorama in terms of technological options
and maintenance and repair capacity; the general academic and technical
level of the staff, the financial resources availabl and/ or the
existing capacity to fundraise.
The national community radio seminar in June agreed that these are the
three main areas of concern and priority for the community radio "movement"
in general in the country and asked the coordination nucleus to take
them as key points for the crucial debate on sustainability.
Strengthening CR Partners...
The UNESCO/UNDP Media Development Project is hosting a two days
meeting with three Wave II Community Radio (CR) partners, namely
Metangula, Milange and Dondo.
The meeting will take place 18-19 October, with participation of the
president of the local Community Radio Associations, as well as the
members of the respective Management Committees.
The communities representatives are expected to bring with them the
Action and Strategic Plans for deep discussions in order to strengthen
the group's activities related to the creation of CR's including
training through process coach.
The Media Project will also brief the communities on how to work with
the Activity Financing Contract signed by both parts, wich allow the
disbursement of funds, as well as the establishment of UNESCO'S
administrative and financial accounting procedures.
The newly elected Management Committee in Cuamba has also been
invited for the meeting, in a move aimed at allowing them to get
familiarized with the overall UNESCO'S philosophy and procedures
concerning the community radio component.
Counting on Training
The Media Project considers training as one of fundamental actions to
guarantee solid and sustainable structures of the CR'S.
This is the reason behind the organization of a meeting with all the
coaches and mobilisers involved in training activities in both Wave I
and Wave II CR's, which will take place 23-24 October in Quelimane.
The meeting will evaluate the training activities carried out since
June this year, and make plans for the next three months.
The Project team, the coaches and the mobilisers will identify
training needs for a very crucial period of the station's existence,
with their first day's transmission exercises, taking infto account the
fact that the equipment would be already installed before the end of the
year in some stations.
Tools for HIV/AIDS Coverage
The so-called capital of the northern region of Mozambique, Nampula,
hosted the third course organized by the Media Project on HIV/AIDS.
A total of 19 participants coming from provinces of Nampula, Cabo
Delgado, Niassa and Zambézia attended the course, monitored by a
specialist in HIV/AIDS coverage, Ms. Mercedes Sayagues.
During the evaluation sessions with UNESCO, the participants said
they were fascinated with the perfomance of the monitor, the content
quality of the course and the teaching material distributed.
The participants suggested that the Media Project should organize
more training courses on the subject and to created an opportunity of
experience exchange among the participants of the first two courses,
held in Maputo and Beira.
And Revitalizing Cuamba
A process to revitalize the Community Radio association structures in
Cuamba was finalized in September, at the end of four-mount work carried
out locally by a consultant. Following a leadership crisis withing the
two maing organizational structures of the community radio in April this
year- the Management Committee and the Executive Board-new strutures
were created, and the consultant helped them to get synchonized with
their specific tasks and, more importantly, with the community.