Lao People's Democratic Republic - Youth radio programme teaches technical
production & life skills
Radio project for youth
In Lao PDR, nearly half of the population is under 18 years old, but few
young people have access to quality information on issues affecting their
lives. As a result, youth rarely acquire the knowledge, skills and
confidence necessary to deal effectively with common life events.
To address this situation, the non-governmental organization Equal Access
initiated the Lao Youth Radio project in 2006. Following up on the success
of its Nepalese youth radio programme, Equal Access replicated a similar
project in three secondary schools in Laos. 'Peuan Jai Vai-Noom'
('Youth-Heart-Friends') is a 30-minute radio series that combines music,
drama and conversation to discuss important life skills. The project also
provides a creative outlet to rural youth who have few such opportunities
during or after school.
Teachers at three secondary schools in the Laotian provinces of Pakse,
Saravanh and Xiengkhuang introduced the project and interested youth were
invited to apply. After the application and interview process, each school
selected 12 youth members for the inaugural radio teams. Equal Access then
set up training workshops which were conducted by experienced youth
trainers and local experts from the Lao national radio station. The
workshops combined radio production skills and theory with hands-on
practice. They also tackled essential life skills, including self-esteem,
critical thinking, inter-personal communication and problem-solving.
"This essential combination of life skills provide youth with a strong
foundation of confidence to address the challenges they face as young
people growing up in Laos and in the overall global context," said
Thipphayanh Thammachith, Equal Access Lao Programme Coordinator.
Strong youth, strong future
To date, Equal Access has built full-scale production studios at the
secondary schools in Pakse and Saravanh provinces, where the youth radio
project is on-going and sustainable.
For more information, visit http://www.equalaccess.org
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