12 Feb 2019 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) Namibia will on Wednesday join the rest of the world in celebrating World Radio Day, which will this year be held under the theme Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.
A media statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) on Tuesday noted that the main event will take place at the Windhoek-based College for the Arts.
Learners from both public and private schools will take part in a problem-solving contest on tolerance and peace, whereby the winning schools in primary and secondary school categories will receive trophies and individual prizes for each winning team member.
Various pre-events have been taking place since Monday in the form of engagement of the audiences through a social media campaign spearheaded by the Namibia Media Trust, the statement announced.
It noted that community radio stations have also been engaging the public in their respective areas of operation across the country on the theme of the World Radio Day celebration.
Highlighting the importance of radio, MICT said the medium provides a platform for dialogue and civil participation among diverse groups in society, adding that such exchanges help to raise awareness amongst listeners and inspire understanding for new perspectives.
Radio can bring the population together by stimulating public debate on common issues of concern focusing on common causes. People can rise above their differences and work together to address common concerns, it said.
MICT said despite revolutionary transformation brought about by social media platforms, radio continues to be the most reliable, timely and intimate medium for sending and receiving messages to a mass audience worldwide.
Testimony to this, MICT added, is the number of radio stations licensed by the Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia, which now stands at 33.
It is important that radio is used as a platform to clarify, discuss, inform and entertain by engaging the listener on serious issues that contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, the statement noted.
The day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation on 29 September 2011.