Community radio fills an education gap - From a hut in southern Sudan,
children's voices fill the airwaves
t was listening to Voice of Community Kauda 88FM, the Internews-run
community radio station, that gave Mary Joseph the idea to broadcast a
weekly show for the children. Every Monday, around 40 children arrive at
Maclena's tukul (hut), just outside the radio station. They rehearse group
songs, poems and dramas as well as answer quiz questions on subjects like
geography, math and simple politics. The children, both Muslim and
Christian, are aged three to fourteen years old and all get the chance
to take part.
On Wednesdays, one of the radio station reporters meets the group, again
at Maclena's tukul, to help them record their pre-rehearsed show.
"The sessions are always fun to take part in, I really love coming to
record the children. Afterwards, I take the audio to the station and edit
it so that we have a 30-minute show to be broadcast. It works very well,"
says Tarig, radio station reporter at Voice of Community 88FM.
Mary Joseph adds, "Radio is the best way for more and more children to
receive good information. Every week, more children come because they have
heard the show. Soon we will have no more room!"
Voice of Community is one of four community radio stations, run by and for
local Sudanese, that Internews has established to inform and educate
hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Sudan's most remote regions.
Internews' program in Sudan is funded by the US Agency for International
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