World Radio Day 2017 – Radio is You!

Accra, Ghana - February 9th, 2017 -

Monday February 13th 2017 is the sixth annual World Radio Day.  In celebrating the event in Ghana, Farm Radio International (FRI), in partnership with the UNESCO Office in Accra, is organising a number of activities to commemorate this special day. 

World Radio Day is a time to celebrate radio as a medium to improve international co-operation between broadcasters and to encourage major and minor networks alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the air waves.

The theme UNESCO has chosen for this year’s event, “Radio is You!”, is significant as it encourages all radio stations to be the best they can be, and reinforces the role of the public as active agents of change in their communities through the airwaves.

Since the introduction of radio in Ghana almost 85 years ago, and the liberalisation of the airwaves in 1999, the number of radio stations has risen to almost 500.  While this figure is impressive, listeners, broadcasters, politicians, and airwave regulators must all ask ourselves how we are all leveraging radio as a significant driver for societal change and development. The potential of radio has never been more relevant for Ghana and this why we want to explore this year’s World Radio Day theme “Radio is you.”

Join us for Ghana’s first World Radio Day Open Forum

FRI and UNESCO are encouraging the general public to celebrate radio as a powerful tool and catalyst for development.  Activities planned for the celebration include an Open Forum to be held at National Theatre in Accra from 0900 to 1500.  All are welcome to join in this celebration!

The purpose of the forum is to:

  • join the international community in celebrating World Radio Day,
  • promote the evolution of radio from a one-way to an interactive, participatory tool for communication,
  • showcase the impact of radio and how it transforms our daily lives,
  • highlight FRI’s contribution in various sectors, including agriculture, health, gender etc.

We are inviting the general public, representatives of radio and other forms of media to share their views about the use of radio, how it has impacted their lives and activities, and how the use of radio can be improved.

 

What you can do

 

Apart from the forum, FRI and UNESCO are encouraging radio stations in public, commercial and community sectors, telecommunication companies, and media training institutions to organize activities and radio programs to mark the day.  For example, radio stations across Ghana could interact with their listeners through phone-ins, call-outs and SMS in expressing a special thank you to their local and favorite radio station in a program called “Thank You, Radio…..”(name of radio station). 

 

And for you, the loyal listeners. Please let your local radio station know why “Radio is you!” by calling-in or SMS-ing your thoughts about the importance of radio in your life.

 

UNESCO and Farm Radio International are very excited to be hosting this year’s World Radio Day and invite you to join us in celebrating radio’s history, radio as we know it today, and radio as it can and will be!

Contact

  • Mr Ben Fiafor, Farm Radio International Country Director at 020 818 6887,
  • Ms. Rosemond Ohene, Farm Radio International Southern Sector Program Coordinator at 020 666 3589
  • Mr. Abdul Hamid Yakub, UNESCO National Program Officer (Communication and Information) at 0244253311

About Farm Radio International:

Farm Radio International, a Canadian registered charity with regional offices and major projects in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Tanzania and Uganda, is at the forefront of using radio combined with other ICTs to serve small-scale farmers. FRI works with more than 600 radio partners in 38 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. 

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About UNESCO        

UNESCO is an agency of the United Nations charged with instituting and administering programmes for cooperative and coordinated actions by member states in education, science and the arts.