Community radio volunteers trained in programming

Seasoned broadcasting experts from Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ), Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Zimpapers, Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) and AB Communications trained twenty-five Auxeni community radio volunteers on radio broadcasting. The training was part of the 2022 World radio day activities held in Chiredzi led by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting together with its partners and with the support of UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA).

When you go behind that microphone, when you go behind that desk whatever you are going to present let it be professional. We believe this radio station, Auxeni is going to bring the Shangani people together, we believe it’s going to bring your chiefs together.
Nick Mangwana Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service

UNESCO ROSA has been advocating for model community radios and it is commendable to see the work that media partners and the government are doing to strengthen the capacity of the community radios sector.

It is imperative that Zimbabwe continues to learn from well-established community radios within the region and beyond to enable growth and operationalization of community radios. The network for community radios practitioners from East and Southern Africa established by UNESCO that Zimbabwe is a part of, compliments the work that is ongoing in the community radios sector.

UNESCO will continue to train community radios volunteers across the country working with media partners particularly in disaster prone areas in Chimanimani and Chipinge where UNESCO is supporting the establishment of model community radios. The project is funded through the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) funded by the World Bank and UNOPS.