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[creative-radio] First AMARC Asia Pacific Community Training Forum Inaugurated in Bangkok


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AMARC Asia Pacific Community Training Forum Inaugurated

December 11, 2011, Bangkok. First AMARC Asia Pacific Community Radio
Training Forum for Enhancing Capacities of Community Broadcasters for
Tackling Climate Change, Fighting Poverty, Promoting Human Rights, and
Supporting Sustainable Development was inaugurated today. Supinya
Klagnarong, Commissioner of the National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) declared the Forum open
amidst a gathering of regulators, trainers and broadcasters from 25
countries of Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. The Forum is being
organized by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC
Asia Pacific and hosted by the NBTC, from 11-13 December 2011 in Bangkok,

In her inaugural address, Ms. Klagnarong expressed delight for being able
to host the 1st AMARC Asia Pacific Community Radio Training Forum in
Thailand. She spoke of the recent initiatives underway in Thailand for
regularising the media sector as a whole and for promoting an enabling and
encouraging atmosphere for the community radio sector in that country.
Earlier, in his remarks the AMARC Asia Pacific President Ashish Sen spoke
about the value of the training forum for enhancing the capacities of
community radios in tacking burning issues of climate change, food
security, and natural disaster risk mitigation, that are challenging lives
of people across the region in way never experienced before. While
thanking the NBTC for hosting the event, he mentioned that capacity
building activities would be regularised to help community broadcasters
deal with emerging issues and technologies in a way that best serve the
needs of the communities they work for.

Delivering a message of solidarity from the International President and
Board of AMARC, Marcelo Solervicens, Secretary General of AMARC Asia
Pacific pointed to the challenges being confronted locally as well as
regionally and globally in terms of climate, economy, and governance, and
the contributions that community broadcasters offer in mitigating the
negative impacts at all levels of the society by working directly with
ordinary citizens, the marginalised, and those at the grassroots. Earlier
during the inauguration, Prasert Aphiphunya, Deputy Secretary General of
the office of the NBTC presented a report from the Forum.

The 1st AMARC Asia Pacific Community Radio Training Forum for Enhancing
Capacities of Community Broadcasters is being participated by over 130
participants from the Asia Pacific region. It is supported by AusAid,
Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO),
UNESCO, UNICEF, UNEP, UNWOMEN, CTA, EED, Oxfam-Novib, and several regional
and national partners. The capacity building event will offer opportunity
to community radio broadcasters of Asia Pacific region to systematize
their experiences, to network with and learn from international trainers
and experts and to define strategies to increase the effectiveness of
their interventions. Participants will review strategies for setting up
community radio stations, promoting community participation, program
production, production technology, and advocacy strategies for improving
conditions for the development of community broadcasting. Utilizing
training workshops and hands on demonstrations the Training Forum will
promote gender sensitivity, strengthen community broadcasting for poverty
reduction, and enhance the capacity of community radio stations to address
climate change and disaster management. In addition to explaining concepts
and principles, the Training Forum will include practical subjects such as
research techniques, script writing, interviewing, editing, and using
digital recording and computer based editing.

Sharing of ideas and learning are being carried out on specific thematic
streams of workshops so that broadcasters can directly apply their
learning to address the concerns of the communities in the Asia-Pacific
region such as food security, good governance, empowering women, improving
literacy, generating employment opportunities, improving local governance,
and promoting the rights of the marginalised. For latest updates, please


AMARC is an international non-governmental organization serving the
community radio movement in over 110 countries, and advocating for the
right to communicate at the international, national, local and
neighbourhood levels. AMARC has an International Secretariat in Montreal.
It has regional sections in Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. For
more information, please contact Suman Basnet, Regional Coordinator for
Asia-Pacific, or visit

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