Khorixas Youth Community Radio

Year when project approved: 
2014
Approved budget: 
US$20 000.00

Khorixas, with an estimated population of 68,735 people, is one of the lest developed parts of Namibia. This town and the neighbouring villages receive no daily newspapers and only intermittent radio coverage from one state-owned station. Khorixas therefore lacks a community platform to discuss development and social issues in a pluralistic, accessible and democratic way and is isolated from regional, national and international affairs.
 
There have been recurring and unmitigated resource-based conflicts over the years between the region’s diverse communities. In addition, the region’s youth, women and minorities face a myriad of challenges, such as higher-than-average illiteracy rates. The purpose of this project is therefore to establish and operationalize a sustainable, youth-managed community radio serving the Khorixas community that will increase access to diverse, educational and development-oriented information and will promote harmonious coexistence within the region. The proposed station will provide the community with a platform to analyse the causes of its problems, identify its needs and develop solutions. It will use local languages and focus on local problems and concerns.

Documents
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Project details
Budget
Budget code: 
354GLO5002.29

Source of funds:

Beneficiary
Beneficiary name: 
Khorixas Youth Community Media Centre
Beneficiary description: 

The establishment of Khorixas Youth and Community Media Centre was achieved through partnerships with Khorixas town council, Ditsa I Mu stock theft prevention, Kunene Regional Youth Forum, Ministry of Youth and National Service, Namibia police, EL Church, Sunrise OVC Welfare Organization, Telecom Namibia Khorixas, Cornelius Goreseb High school, Khorixas Office of the mayor and Aodaman Traditional Authority. The board members which consist of seven (7) members, four (4) woman and three (3) men were selected by the above mentioned organizations as well as by the general community as representatives of Khorixas Youth Community Radio. The KYCR operations will be overseen by the above mentioned organizations. CRAN, the broadcaster regulator in Namibia, has issued the radio a license but it has to be gazetted on the 20th December and for a no. of days before the document can be released.

Beneficiary address: 
House number D1, P.O Box 43, Khorixas

Beneficiary country:

Beneficiary phone: 
+264812851740
Location and contacts
UNESCO
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Lydia Gachungi

UNESCO Field Office:

Project contacts: 

Alois Daniel Gaweseb, Khorixas Youth Community Media Centre, Arantxa Mandiola & Lydia Gachungi (APO), UNESCO Windhoek Office

Project place: 
Khorixas, Kunene Region, Namibia

Project region:

Follow-up and achievments
Summary of the project implementation: 

Equipment was sourced and purchased from a reputable Australian company, In a Box Innovations. The equipment was delivered and installed at the radio station in Khorixas, Kunene region. A locally-made mast was also purchased and set up at the radio station. Software for editing and pay-out was also provided, together with a CD of installation instructions and a comprehensive user manual.
 
The broadcasting computer was configured with 3 monitors, giving the reporter/presenter the ability to simultaneously monitor the recording via a digital hybrid on one monitor, do word processing on another monitor and access Internet if required on another monitor. The broadcasting laptop was installed with Zara Radio Software. The software allows for automation of transmission of music, commercials and pre-recorded programmes. It also the radio station to link-up with other radio stations through the line-in port of the sound card or through the Internet.
 
The station recruited six volunteers who were then trained on the basics of radio journalism and using Audacity and ZaraRadio programmes. UNESCO Windhoek Office has included volunteers from the radio station in two other important workshops on gender-sensitive reporting and participatory production of radio programmes. The radio station went on air and already started fulfilling its commitment to the community by airing a variety of regular programmes addressing the community needs.
 
Further training is however required for the volunteers, especially around journalistic ethics, impartiality, human rights, child rights, and responsible journalism, entrepreneurship skills and station policies. The station has been linked to the Namibia Community Broadcasters Network for further trainings and exchange programmes with other stations.