Establishment of a CMC for the Pastoral Population in Ngorongoro District
The project aims at establishing and operate a sustainable and comprehensive Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) serving the pastoral community in 14 villages in Ngorongoro district, where 70,000 people live, forming a media platform meeting local development needs. The aim is to increase the diversity of media in the country, and ensure access to information to the community and from the community to the Tanzanian leaders. This proposal seeks support to acquire equipment and provide initial training to the personnel who will operate the station. The Ngorongoro district is highly remote and only accessible by road to a small town of Loliondo; therefore, the Masai pastoral population is extremely marginalized. The Masai do not have access to information that they can use to manage their daily lives. And being pastoralists, they are prone to changes in the livestock market, are not aware of the coming changes in climate or how to protect themselves from infectious and deadly diseases. In many cases, they do not participate in policy formulation or implementation, only learning about these when they have been passed. Also, the government has no way of ensuring that campaigns for eradication of diseases, economic policies and laws are being implemented and what is the response of the people. RAMAT is proposing to establish a Community Multimedia Centre to work as a channel providing information, creating awareness on livelihood and alerting the people on outbreaks and about government policies and laws. Above all, the radio will be used to promote good governance and enhance accountability of the community in environmental management, education and community resources. The project's immediate objectives are a self-sustaining community multimedia centre capable of engaging community members in 15 villages in the Ngorongoro district in facilitating self-expression, sharing and accessing knowledge will be established within a 12-month period from the project inception; and 10 volunteer centre operators, radio producers and multimedia centre operators working in Loliondo, will acquire skills and knowledge for digital editing techniques after having participated in a 2-week training course.