Promoting Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace through Community Radio in Bangladesh

Youth and Youth women in Bangladesh hate violent extremism – we must teach them Tolerance and Peace. Violent extremists promote fear and division – we must respond with opportunities for citizen’s engagement, with skills for intercultural dialogue. Violent extremists preach exclusion and hatred – we must teach human rights, dignity, tolerance and solidarity. Violent extremists breed on mistrust and fears of others, on a lack of confidence in the future. We must provide Youth and Youth women with a renewed sense of belonging to our society with a new vision of the future.

Promoting Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace through Community Radio in Bangladesh

 

 

AHM Bazlur Rahman-S21BR| Chief Executive Officer

Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) Founder member  of

World Radio Day International Observation Committee | ceo@bnnrc.net

 

Youth and Youth women in Bangladesh hate violent extremism – we must teach them Tolerance and Peace. Violent extremists promote fear and division – we must respond with opportunities for citizen’s engagement, with skills for intercultural dialogue. Violent extremists preach exclusion and hatred – we must teach human rights, dignity, tolerance and solidarity. Violent extremists breed on mistrust and fears of others, on a lack of confidence in the future. We must provide Youth and Youth women with a renewed sense of belonging to our society with a new vision of the future.

Community Radio stations in Bangladesh have emphasized on community youth and youth women engagement through dialogue and democratic debate issues, such as countering violent extremism (CVE), violence against women, can help to raise awareness among listeners and inspire understanding for new perspectives in paving the way for positive action.

Community Radio programs included live discussion which is popularly known as the talk show, magazine programs, broadcast of Public Service Announcement (PSA) and theme song. The outreach activities included group meetings, multi-stakeholders gathering, courtyard meeting, a formation of youth listeners club etc.

Promoting Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace must start from all corners of our society by empowering Youth and Youth women in Bangladesh with the right values, skills and behaviors to make the most of diversity, to increase effective Political Participation through Multi-Generation Reach, to develop a more inclusive Public Space through Multi-Platform Presence & Multi-Generation Reach and to Influence  Power for Improving responsiveness from power holders, to find decent employment, to live as good citizens, defending human rights and fundamental rights and duty in every instance.

In response to the above phrases, Bangladesh NGO Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) implementing the project on Strengthening Resilience to Violence and Extremism through Community Radio is having the partnership with two community radio stations – Community Radio Sharabela in Gaibandha and Community Radio Borendra in Naogaon district. The project was generously supported by Democracy International.

The goal of the project is to contribute towards strengthening community resilience in preventing and countering violent extremism. The project was designed to achieve the following objectives;

to enhance skills of young community radio broadcasters to address violent extremism, and to increase the understanding of rural community people regarding Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).

BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) accredited with World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) of the United Nations and UN WSIS prize winner 2016 and Champion 2017. BNNRC represent the community electronic media sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media, Academia and Development Partners from 2000. BNNRC is supported by contributions from different development organizations worldwide who share a commitment in building a free, independent and pluralistic community media of voices for the voiceless.

The action research project has emphasized the soft power approach on community engagement for Countering Violence Extremism (CVE) through community radio programs and outreach activities for social mobilization. Radio program included live discussion which is popularly known as the talk show, magazine programs, broadcast of Public Service Announcement (PSA) and theme song. The outreach activities included group meetings, multi-stakeholders gathering, courtyard meeting, the formation of youth listeners club etc.

Project contribution targeted in RP3 Model which mean response, protect, pursue and prevent from radicalization and violent extremism, the project activities contributed in those four areas; the following evidence justifies the achievement logically.

The community responded positively, their direct and indirect participation in the events, phone calls, mass participation in open dialogues and interaction indicated active response and positive response to prevent and reduce violent extremism from the society.

The community protected and even encouraged the radio broadcasters to organize motivational events in more areas and they willingly extended support for organizing outreach events, and also pursued for a similar program in the future. For example- college teachers (female) shared her learning with her students in a college classroom after completion of her academic classes.

We wish grand success of 8th World Radio Day 2019

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