Saturday, 23 October 2010

[creative-radio] Bario Community Radio - Borneo


RT @creative_radio: Bario Community Radio - Borneo Enrichment & preservation of the local indigenous cultures

In July 2009, e-Bario Sdn Bhd was awarded a grant by the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to set up a community radio station. Community radio is a form of low-power small-scale FM broadcasting that is run by and for the community it serves. The function of Bario Radio is to extend the information services of the e-Bario telecentre into the homes of the residents of the surrounding area.

It is expected that this innovation will result in:
- Enrichment and preservation of the local indigenous cultures; particularly languages, music, history, song and verse.
- Reductions in poverty as greater levels of information are diffused throughout the isolated indigenous communities relating to economic, educational and health-related activities.
- A more cohesive community; through the airing and discussion of social problems, for example relating to health, agriculture, economic activities or coping with emergencies.
- A better connected population; through the rapid and widespread communication of important messages.
- More socially inclusive Peoples; by reaching everyone in their homes, radio brings benefits to all demographic groups; women, parents, students, the elderly, small children, the unemployed.
- A more democratic organization; community radio facilitates discussion of local issues by local people and it provides a forum for debate between them and their elected representatives.
- More culturally robust Peoples. Community radio is an effective platform for promoting entertainments and the arts.

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