By Gay Matambo
With the launch of Avuxeni FM set for tomorrow, a community radio training workshop was held this Saturday in Chiredzi town to capacitate youths and community members with knowledge on the operations of community radio stations.
“As youths we are excited to be part of this programme because if we look at it, we are the future leaders of tomorrow,” a trainee said.
Another noted: “There’s a lot we have to do to play a role in facilitating community development, but as youths I think this is a learning platform we have been given because we will now be able to be involved in broadcasting, be it in operations or presenting.”
Stakeholders who were part of the training exercise noted the need for community radio stations to develop content that resonates with the local audiences as the role of this model of broadcasting is to serve the communities.
Government is set to conduct similar training workshops across the country with the corporate world being urged to support community radio stations in their areas.
“The basis of community radio stations is that they have to be run by volunteers and what we have in there is a youthful board of volunteers to run Avuxeni FM and they will be broadcasting in Shangani on Shangani issues. We are going to conduct similar impactful workshops across the country,” said Mr Nick Mangwana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services.
“We have understood that these are not commercial stations so what we are encouraging is that community must come together and source all donations from their relatives and in the diaspora mostly and also from local companies like here in Chiredzi we have Tongaat Hullet,” Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister, Honourable Kindness Paradza noted.
As Zimbabwe joins the globe in commemorating World Radio Day this Sunday, 15 community radio stations have been licenced, as part of strides by government to open up the broadcasting sector to new players.