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The purpose of this project is to establish and make operational a sustainable Radio Station and Community Multimedia Centre at the Youth Training Centre to service the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Community in recognition that they are a special needs, high risk community of over 4000 members, and therefore to increase the diversity of media and impact positively on Press Freedom.
The population in the Palestinian territories is overwhelmingly young and exposed to a significant amount of stress and violence on daily basis, economical and social hardship and exclusion affecting their opportunities and abilities to build meaningful lives. As a result of ongoing occupation, internal violence and lack of political horizon, the young Palestinians have a general feeling of loss of hope, isolation and being irrelevant, and are becoming more marginalized in the society and more radicalized than their parents.
Through this project, the Koinonia Media Centre intends to set up a radio production centre that will focus on the youth. It is hoped that the centre will be upgraded to an FM station for the youth. The centre will provide a platform for training in media-related skills and a space for cultural exchange with young journalists from abroad. It will also offer the youth an opportunity to produce programmes of their own that will articulate their aspirations and inculcate positive behaviour change.
The first community radio in Senegal was licensed in 1996, and the number of stations has grown since then. Senegalese community radios play a very important role and are strongly rooted in the local communities. They have a strong commitment to provision of information, to raising local awareness of social and economic affairs and to encouraging participation in local life. Some of them have thematic programme campaigns on issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention of malaria, adult literacy, women's rights, peace in Casamance and care of the environment.
In 2003, the Container Project, which involved a 40 ft container being retrofitted into a 14-computer laboratory, enabled training in various new ICT skills for a number of marginalized youth, in collaboration with overseas and local partners. The training provided covered, among others, digital music production, digital photography and videography. This project aims to build capacity within the Container Project to assist a rural community in creating a range of multimedia products which will have a material impact on the lives of its people, in particular of its marginalized youth.
At present, no project exists in Panama whereby young people are given the means to project their views to a national audience. This project from The State System for Radio and Television (SERTV) and its affiliate CRISOL FM aims to remedy this situation by training young people in high-risk communities of Panama and involving them in the production of programmes about positive change in their communities which will then be aired on two national radio stations.
Creation of two community media centres for youth in the rural and indigenous states of Campeche and Chiapas
Rural and indigenous communities in Mexico are culturally and traditionally patriarchal and adult-centered. In this context, women are discriminated against, and girls even more so due to their age. That is why it is crucial to focus work on girls and on generating a culture of participatory work as opposed to focusing on adults and machoism. Despite the fact that the association Community Communication has worked with all age groups, it considers that working with children and youth creates a greater impact on the long-term social development of a community.
Project aims were: to reinforce the goals of the United Nations Year for Tolerance via exchanges and international distribution of programmes produced by young directors; to find and train a group of talented young producer/directors in the Central Asian countries; and to provide these young professionals with the resources needed to produce a series of at least six video programmes highlighting cooperation and regional understanding. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the region has found itself faced with various ethnic, political and religious problems.
Although the war has now ended in many parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Sud-Kivu province continues to endure confrontation between rival groups, with women and young people among the main victims subjected to rape, mutilation and other acts of extreme violence. The absence of community media combined with the expense of other forms of media in this area mean that many of its largely impoverished inhabitants do not have access to information.
The main problems confronting Haitian community media are a lack of equipment; high cost of internet access in Haiti; the poverty of the communities; insufficient problem of electricity supply, especially in remote areas; training of young coordinators; and the lack of legislation on community media. The development and strengthening of a network of community radios in remote regions of the country would contribute to the creation of a pluralist society and to fostering equal access to information.
This project, developed by the International Palestinian Youth League (IPYL) aims to empower the media in Hebron to increase awareness in the local community about participation in the democratic process.
The purpose of this project is to establish a community multi-media centre on Grenada's west coast, with a view to improving the communicative capacity of rural women and youth to access the information they need to participate in national dialogues and democratic decision-making processes affecting their livelihoods. The centre will provide communication services, and offer training to at least 40 rural women and youth in ICT skills such as website development, audio and videotaping, and Internet.
Although deliberate attempts have been made to cater to the needs of female listeners, these have not been able to meet the required expectations and standards, because of their limited coverage in radius and area. As national issues of priority emerge, they often tend to override the specific geo-political concerns of individual communities. This community multi-media project is designed to offer an avenue to rural communities to specifically discuss and address issues of concern to them.
Nkhata Bay (and Usisya, the location where the radio will be installed), are in a 'shadow area' of the communication and information services. Radio signals from the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and other radio stations barely reach the district, and the citizens have now resorted to Tanzanian Radio stations, thus adversely affecting a sense of belonging to the Malawi nation. The lack of a relevant medium of communication has meant that the population cannot meaningfully participate in issues relating to the rule of law, human rights, development and decision-making.
Bhutan is going through fundamental changes, and independent news, views and information affecting the Bhutanese society are of paramount importance. Freedom of speech, press and expression are new concepts in Bhutan. Only a strong presence of independent press can reinforce these ideals enabling a free flow of information and exchange. Otherwise, the news and information will continue to be dominated by the government media.