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Mauritius Strategy Implementation: Small Islands Voice Planning Meeting Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines July 14, 2004. COMMUNITY RADIO & MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS IN THE CARIBBEAN. INTRODUCING.

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Mauritius Strategy Implementation:

Small Islands Voice Planning Meeting

Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

July 14, 2004

COMMUNITY

RADIO &

MULTIMEDIA

PROJECTS

IN THE

CARIBBEAN

introducing
INTRODUCING
  • PP is is a professional and dynamic non-profit organisation providing high quality training, consultancy, products and services for organizations and countries that are seeking to improve parenting outcomes.
believes that
believes that:
  • Every child should be afforded the best quality parenting as the most important contribution to their total development.
  • All Caribbean parents can, with self-confidence, information, skills and support, raise happy and healthy children who will become resilient and responsible citizens.
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INTRODUCING
  • Caribbean Support Initiative (CSI) is a 5 year sub-regional Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme with a thematic focus on parenting initiatives in ECD.
  • PROGRAMME PURPOSE:

Good parenting practices in ECD adopted

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Regional Radio Project

CSI Supported projects with funding from the Bernard van Leer Foundation:

Caribbean Research Project (CARE)

Replication of the Roving Caregivers Project (RCP)

Caribbean Internship Project (CIP)

Story-Telling for Early childhood & Parenting Support

STEPS

Revision of the Pathways to Parenting manual (PP manual)

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Grenada

St. Vincent & Grenadines

Dominica

St. Lucia

Trinidad & Tobago

Belize

Regional Radio Project

Project Countries

Project Purpose

Local capacity to produce and deliver radio programmes on parenting and early childhood development (P/ECD) is strengthened

radio programmes developed
Radio Programmes Developed :

Dominica - “Shaping Our Children’s Future

Through Good Parenting Practices”

Grenada - “Spice It Up”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines - “In This Life”

Trinidad (Toco) - “Focus on the Family”

Tobago - “Tobago Today – All About Good Parenting”

St. Lucia - “Mamay-la” (The Children and People of the country)

the radio programmes should help caribbean parents children attain
The Radio Programmes should help Caribbean Parents & Children attain:
  • WELLNESS - A child who is healthy, strong and well-adjusted
  • EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION - An effective communicator
  • CULTURE VALUE - A child who values own culture and that of others
  • INTELLECTUAL EMPOWERMENT - A critical thinker and independent learner
  • RESPECT FOR SELF, OTHERS & ENVIRONMENT - A child who respects self, others and the environment
  • RESILIENCE - A child who has coping skills
underlying radio programme p rinciples
Underlying Radio ProgrammePrinciples:
  • THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD(as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)
  • GENDER EQUITY - both male and female parents and children must be involved and their respective issues, differences etc. addressed.
  • LIFE CYCLE APPROACH – recognising that Early Childhood is not a stage but part of a process of human development
  • ADAPTABILITY - of other issues into P/ECD e.g.

Health & Nutrition YouthDevelopment

HIV/AIDS Community Development

Drugs & Alcohol Conservation & the Environment

Conflict Resolution Domestic and Community Violence

the grenada experience
The Grenada Experience
  • Grenada was badly and directly hit by Hurricane Ivan on September 7, 2004
  • Many people died, others made homeless and the infrastructure suffered extreme damage
  • Little or no communication throughout the island for weeks.
  • No electricity throughout the island due to fallen poles
the pilot project altered
The Pilot Project Altered
  • A drama series “Spice It Up” was advocated as the format of presentation
  • Series was written by Ms. Paloma Mohamed, Communications Specialist from Guyana as a public service to the people of Grenada in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan
  • “Spice It Up” was produced by Mr. Francis Urias Peters of Family Theatre Production.
the pilot project altered1
The Pilot Project Altered
  • Themes for first 3 episodes: Family Communication; Back To School; Coping With Unfamiliar Behaviour and Emotions
  • A panel is in studio to discuss the issues, speak with callers and make referrals where necessary.
  • WEE FM and GBN broadcast the programmes. Feedback has been very positive
rrp collaborations
RRP Collaborations
  • The RRP has collaborated with the STEPS project (Storytelling)
  • The CIP (internship) has provided interns from various Departments of the University of the West Indies (UWI) who assist on projects
  • UNESCO – the Caribbean Multimedia Centres (CMC’s) for rural and remote communities
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UNESCO's

MULTIMEDIA

PROJECTS

unesco s multimedia for caribbean communities mcc
UNESCO’s Multimedia for Caribbean Communities (MCC)
  • The MCC Project exists under the framework of a larger international project to develop Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in 12 countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
  • The CMC’s offer concrete examples of how integrated, sustainable, grass-roots community development use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
unesco s multimedia for caribbean communities mcc1
UNESCO’s Multimedia for Caribbean Communities (MCC)
  • ICT’s can help improve the quality of life, particularly in disadvantage communities in rural and low-income urban settlements
benefits of community radio
Benefits of Community Radio
  • Builds local identity, character  and culture through a diversity of programmes and content
  • Promotes community access to Caribbean and local community content
  • Focuses on specific community issues  concerns and events
  • Highlights  various interest groups and community personalities
  • Shares local   news  by giving voice to the voiceless
benefits of community radio1
Benefits of Community Radio

Benefits of Community Radio

  • Includes minority and marginalized community members
  • Facilitates mastery of radio equipment  and basic broadcasting techniques
  • Promotes democratic process, social change, development, civil society and good governance
  • Acts  as a form of public-service broadcasting independent of government and  party politics
  • Relies on the community resources it serves rather than the whole nation
unesco s multimedia for caribbean communities mcc2
UNESCO’s Multimedia for Caribbean Communities (MCC)
  • The first phase of the MCC project saw theestablishment/transformation of four community radio stations into Community Multimedia Centres:
    • Roots FM - Jamaica
    • Radio Toco - Trinidad
    • Radio Cocodrilo - Cuba
    • Radio GED - Barbados
multimedia for caribbean communities mcc s vision
Multimedia for Caribbean Communities (MCC)’sVision

15 steps that include:

  • Computerised news scripting and research
  • Computerised storage, indexing and cataloguing of recordings
  • Mastery of sound editing software and automated radio management system
  • Internet connectivity for downloading, sharing and repackaging
  • Eventual transformation of broadcasters into MultiMedia practitioners
phase 2 c ountries selected with specific criteria offering a variety of backdrops and themes
Phase 2: Countries selected with specific criteria, offering a variety of backdrops and themes:
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Guyana

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Belize

Dominica

Suriname

Related Project:

ICT’s and Indigenous Peoples Project

  • GOAL: To address poverty in isolated indigenous communities using integrated community media and the creation of multimedia products as the focus for a sustainable human development strategy
  • This pilot project aims to consolidate existing community broadcasting and/or telecentre facilities into community media centres for indigenous peoples in isolated communities in the following countries:
the suriname experience
The Suriname Experience
  • Radio Muye serves 10,000 indigenous Maroons in villages along the Saramacca River.
  • Maroons, originated from runaway slaves, started ‘illegal’ communities years ago and have kept the African culture alive.
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The Suriname Experience
  • The radio station came about as a result of there being no electricity or television in the rain forest, few schools limited information, socially isolated from the outside world.
  • Radio Muye is powered by solar energy
  • Programmes also reinforce the Saramaccan language
the suriname experience2
The Suriname Experience
  • There is a generally high dropout rate at primary school level in the villages.
  • The station has been useful in supplementing children’s education, “Both children and teachers appreciate those programmes, especially at exam time!”
the suriname experience3
The Suriname Experience
  • Nurses and Health Workers say both men and women are more curious about sex and HIV/AIDS from what they hear on Radio Muye.
  • However, listeners are very keen to criticise, demand and propose programme ideas to the radio staff they meet on river trips.
the suriname experience4
The Suriname Experience
  • Radio Muye is “The Poor Man’s Telephone” – people can send messages and news to relatives and friends in far off villages
  • Behaviour changes when a station reporters visits a village. “Radio Muye is here, so better behave properly!”
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The Suriname Experience
  • Village meetings are broadcast and benefit those unable to travel to the meeting
  • The villagers want a stronger transmitter in order to reach more people and thus attract advertisers, especially tourism interests
successes challenges of rrp mcc projects
SUCCESSES & CHALLENGES OF RRP & MCC PROJECTS
  • Challenges
  • Challenges of sustainability are common
  • Developing content
  • Difficulty developing local proposals at local level
  • Frequent disruptions in email, fax and telephone connections delay implementation
  • Absence of technical expertise to service and maintain equipment
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SUCCESSES & CHALLENGES OF RRP & MCC PROJECTS
  • Successes
  • Community Involvement is good
  • Interest has been mounting from national governments, regional and international stakeholders in the region
  • Community residents take much pride in their work and culture
  • Radio programmes produced at community level
  • Coordinators are nurtured in their independent efforts at improving themselves rather than relying solely on development funding
  • Collaborations developing
unesco csi rrp collaboration
UNESCO-CSI/RRP COLLABORATION

- provides access to ICTtraining and infrastructure

- helps communities develop contenton Parenting & Early Childhood issues

Projects have countries in common(Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Suriname, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago)

Projects are both interested in enabling and developing local capacity

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UNESCO-CSI/RRP COLLABORATION

Together, CSI/RRP and UNESCO can assistlocal communitiesproduce and broadcast relevant content to a wider audience

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Remember . . .

the reason for our work.

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For further information on the

REGIONAL RADIO PROJECT or PARENTING

contact:

MS. COLLEEN WINT-SMITH

PROJECT COORDINATOR

PARENTING PARTNERS

C/o CARIBBEAN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES

MONA, KINGSTON 7

JAMAICA

TEL: (876) 927-1618 or (246) 266-5300 (roaming)

FAX: (876) 977-7433

EMAIL: parentingpartners03@yahoo.co.uk

regionalradioproject@yahoo.com

URL: www.csinews/rrp/index.html

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For further information on the

CARIBBEAN SUPPORT INITIATIVE

contact:

MS. SUSAN BRANKER

PROJECT DIRECTOR

CARIBBEAN SUPPORT INITIATIVE (CSI)

1st FLOOR, WEYMOUTH CORPORATE CENTRE

ROEBUCK STREET

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS

TEL: (246) 427-8535/6

FAX: (246) 436-1709

EMAIL: sbranker@csinews.org

URL: www.csinews.org

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For further information on the

UNESCO’S MULTIMEDIA FOR CARIBBEAN COMMUNITIES

contact:

MR. ALTON GRIZZLE

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL OFFICER

COMMUNICATION, INFORMATION

UNESCO CARIBBEAN OFFICE

25 DOMINICA DRIVE

KINGSTON 10, JAMAICA

TEL: (876) 929-7087

FAX: (876) 929-8468

EMAIL: a.grizzle@unesco.org

URL: www.mcclinks.com

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Produced and presented by

Colleen Wint-Smith, at the

Mauritius Strategy Implementation:

Small Islands Voice Planning Meeting

Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

July 14, 2004

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