Three days’ workshop on ‘festival of democracy ‘ in the city from February 22, with 50 community broadcasters from 25 radio stations across the country will be held by the University of Hyderabad (UoH), in collaboration with the Election Commission of India(ECI).
According to the University of Hyderabad , brainstorm on key themes strategies to influence local communities and spread awareness about the do-s and don’t-s for voters will be the goal of the workshop.
To ensure polls the activity will promote voter education and electoral literacy through community radio around the country.
To enhance electoral literacy and increase participations of the informed voter through a decentralised communication approach with content that is mostly community generated to mobilise the power of community radio,
University of Hyderabad UNESCO
University of Hyderabad’s Unesco chair on community media collaborated with ECI’s flagship programme, systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participantion (SVEEP).
“Participants will head back to their stations and make 100 hours of radio programmes collectively, after the capacity-building workshop in Hyderabad, “said Prof Vinod Pavarala, head of Unesco chair on community media at University of Hyderabad .
The set of themes should be related to Voter education in over 10 different language, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Telugu and Urdu.
A total of 75 stations and their sizeable audience are expected to share their content with two other stations in their respective region, by the chosen 25 community radio stations.
Recognizing the growing impact of the Community Radio phenomenon as a powerful medium of community engagement and empowerment, UNESCO has set up the first ever Chair on Community Media at the Department of Communication,
Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, India. Established for an initial period of four years in 2011, the Chair will serve as a knowledge and resource centre delving into the various facets of Community Media.