Unesco and SIDA hand over ICT equipment to !aH Radio

26 Apr 2014 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 APR (NAMPA) - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Thursday handed over Information and Communication Technology equipment to the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s !aH Radio.
The equipment includes two laptops, five smartphones, a digital camera and two voice recorders valued at N.dollars 52 000.
It was handed over during a media conference hosted by the Unesco Windhoek office and NBC at United Nations (UN) House, as part of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) funded project 'Empowering Local Radios with ICT'.
“The project helps radios build a technical platform that includes FM broadcasting, mobile telephony and (when possible), internet. Tools are made available to strengthen information and communication to and from the local radios. This will help result in more qualified programming and local news output for poor people,” Unesco Education Programme Specialist Cecilia Barbieri said.
Receiving the ICT equipment, NBC Director-General Albertus Aochamub said !aH Radio should serve as an example of what community radio ought to be. Making the Tsumkwe-based community radio part of the NBC's digitalisation process gives it a broader coverage footprint, he added.
“With the advances that we are now making, where we will have to be able to put this through to the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) decoders we are deploying country-wide, it will mean that this station will be one of those that would become available to more communities, because the speakers of the languages that we are broadcasting don't necessarily live in Tsumkwe only,” Aochamub added.
The Unesco Windhoek office, with the support of SIDA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NBC to build the capacities of !aH Radio in Tsumkwe in April 2013.
The SIDA-funded project focuses on assisting local radios to foster ICT as a support for broadcasting and provide a quality and gender-responsive social service.
Ten radio stations are currently partnered under the Unesco Windhoek office. These include Radio Atlantis, Bush Radio, Valley FM, Radio Riverside and Jozi FM in South Africa; Mafeteng Community Radio in Lesotho; and NBC’s !aH Radio; Live FM, Ohangwena Community Radio and Base FM in Namibia.