Farm Radio International is offering an online farmer radio programme e-course and competition for radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa who are involved in producing radio programmes for farmers. This online course seeks to "help radio broadcasters make an engaging, entertaining and informative farmer radio program." Participants will be guided by African e-facilitators and paired up with experienced mentors.
The course will run from September 14 for 12 weeks. At the end of the course, participants will submit a final assignment of a sample episode developed during the course. The top submissions will be selected and winners will receive prizes. The course materials will be available online in English.
According to the organisers, in this e-course radio broadcasters will learn:
- How to identify their audience and their audience’s information and communication needs;
- About different types of information and how to address them in their programme;
- How to provide opportunities for farmers to speak and be heard;
- How to tell stories;
- How to best serve both women and men farmers;
- How to design their programme;
- How to determine what resources their programme needs; and
- How to use ICTs to incorporate audience feedback into their show.
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The e-course and competition is open to radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa who have not completed previous farmer programme e-courses offered by Farm Radio International. They must be involved in producing a radio programme at their station and have the support of their station manager to participate in the course. The course may be taken individually or as part of a radio station team.
Scholarships are available for broadcasters in need of financial assistance. In order to finalise their participation, they will have to complete an online learning module on the VOICE standards and provide a letter of support from station management by August 30. Access to the VOICE standards module will be provided once they have registered for the course.
Click here to access the registration form online.