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Bosomtwi Radio Network

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US$29 700.00

Lake Bosomtwi cannot be protected or conserved without a cross-cutting and integrated measure. In the past, the communities were small so the traditional chiefs met occasionally in Kumasi and used certain customs and taboos that they all adhered to. Currently, the communities are larger and diverse and beyond the scope of a simple village control. A community radio will allow the communities to interact and learn from each other and introduce community measures for the conservation and protection of the Lake. Furthermore, the communities in the Bosomtwi districts of the Ashanti Region have no access to any media, and thus no source of reliable and relevant information. The only radio signal that comes to the area is the national broadcast network of the national broadcasting service, GBC. And all the programmes are done in English and Twi, awidely spoken Akan dialect. Television signals from GTV get to the area but all the programmes are offered in English. Newspaper is available but does not address the specific interest and needs of these communities. Worse still, the literacy level is very low in the Bosomtwi district, which, combined with the lack of reliable sources of credible information, leaves the communities dependent on rumour and this has continuously exposed the communities to various manipulations and conflicts over natural resources. Providing a community radio in this district will help coordinate all development programs and environmental issues that are key to every development effort in this area. There is no community radio in the entire Ashanti region. And this cross cutting project will be very far reaching due to its potential to save resources across the board and spectrum. The project will help to promote peace and enhance development through the following activities: free speech and respect for people's opinion, a platform for dialogue among all groups, a community learning centre on sustainable livelihood. It will establish a community radio that is easily accessible and relevant to the needs of the communities, train 250 representatives from all the villages to ensure knowledgeable and on the same wave length, and educate the communities surrounding the Lake about preservation and conservation needs and build their capacity as owners and viable partners of the ecosystem.

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354 GHA 5081

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40 communities (Lake Bosomtwi) and 300 communities (stakeholders)
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Golden Stool Heritage Foundation P. O. BOX 285, MANHYIA PALACE KUMASI ? ASHANTI

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Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Elizabeth Moundo, e.moundo@unesco.org;

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Kuntanase - Ashanti Region (Bosomtwe District)

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