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15.03.2016 - UNESCO Office in Juba

UNESCO and Deutsche Welle - Akademie building capacity for peace correspondents in South Sudan

UNESCO and Deutsche Welle-Akademie are partnering to build the capacity of the Radio for Peace Network correspondents, through a 6 day training, from 16th to 22nd March 2016 at Central Equatoria Women Union premises, Hai Neem, Juba.

Radio for Peace Network ( RaPNET) is an activity coordinated by UNESCO’s Communication and Information Programme, within the framework of a European Union (EU) funded project “I love my country: Strategic Communications for Peacebuilding in South Sudan” implemented by Search for Common Grounds, UNESCO, Catholic Radio Network and Ihub Kenya.

 Currently, RaPNET brings together Good News Radio (Rumbek), Voice of Hope Radio(Wau),Radio Emmanuel(Torit), Anisa Radio(Yambio), Easter Radio(Yei), Don Bosco (Tonj), Bakhita Radio(Juba), Star FM(Yei), Pibor Community Radio(Pibor), Morobo FM(Yei), Jonglei FM(Bor) and Voice of Freedom (Magwi) who are set to benefit from trained peace correspondents as peace ambassadors in their communities.

 For quality and long term capacity building of the Peace correspondents, Deutsche Well Akademie is partnering with UNESCO to equip 45 radio for peace correspondents. As a first step, the peace correspondents will be capacitated with basic journalism skills, including use of mobile telephony for recording, editing and sending programs to their respective community radio stations, peace messaging and conflict sensitive reporting among others. This will increase the quality and quantity of peace programs as well as create a pool of peace ambassadors in the respective communities, a much needed intervention expected to be replicated in other radio stations in future.

The Radio for Peace Network (RaPNet) aims at bringing together radio stations in South Sudan, to upscale their advocacy for a culture of peace, by increasing their reach on the source of information from their communities as well as to improve the quality and quantity of peace messaging by tapping into citizen journalists and through provision of incentives such as training, reporting equipment and competitions through peace journalism awards.

For further information contact:

Ms. Mwatile Ndinoshiho

Communication Officer,

UNESCO Juba Office  

Tel: +211 922 000 563

Email: n.mwatile(at)unesco.org

twitter: @Mwatile2

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