World Radio Day: 3 Education Programs Using Radio to Amplify Their Impact

February 13, 2015Calla McCabe
 

"World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever. A day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe." UNESCO

13 February is World Radio Day, which celebrates the first ever, broadcast by UN radio in 1946! Radio reaches more people than any other medium.  It has the ability to connect communities, developing regions and vulnerable populations to each other and the outside world. 

At CEI we are celebrating the day by focusing on education innovations that use the radio as a means to teach classes and communicate important messages to children around the world.  During the Ebola outbreak, we observed the power of the radio as both a prevention and education tool. It was also a way to share lessons with students who were unable to attend school due to public health concerns. 

Below are three organization that use radio as an integral part of their program: 

Access to Education: War Child in the Democratic Republic of Congo in conjunction with local Congolese organizations, the Ministry of Education, radio stations, and community members in South Kivu province, is rebuilding education infrastructure by repairing and reopening schools, offering child-focused programming, and training teachers. Their child-focused supplemental programming works outside the classroom, where War Child provides resources for children and facilitates numerous child-focused programs. For example, child-led radio broadcasting through a local radio station places children in the roles of educators on social issues while journalism-focused training grants youth a platform from which to express themselves. These activities are developed around issues that are important to children and youth in the region, such as sexual and gender-based violence, child rights, child labor, education, community involvement, and more. Learn more about this program here...

The Broad Class - Listen to Learn radio program aims to improve access to quality education for in-school and out-of-school public primary school children in Islamabad using Interactive Radio Instruction to deliver English lessons and teaching materials on air as well as promoting child-centered practices in the classroom, encourage participation of parents in schools, increase student retention rates, and improve teaching quality and learning outcomes.  The ‘radio teacher’ delivers the content on air, pausing in between to provide space for student responses, and also prompts the 'in-class teacher' to utilize interactive instructional approaches in the classroom. The content and activities facilitated by the radio program are mapped to the Pakistani national curriculum and are delivered through a series of structured learning episodes in which students are prompted to respond, do individual and group work, and perform learning tasks. In addition to student-centered learning broadcasts, the program provides support to teachers including an initial 3-day training on how IRI works and how to facilitate the classes, as well as additional 20-minute teacher-focused radio broadcasts featuring teacher guides and other educational material. Read more about this program here...

The Hand in Hand Plan is the largest privately funded Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program in China. It builds child-friendly kindergartens and ECCD centers in 24 impoverished counties. Additionally, it trains teachers, parents, and healthcare workers to spread ECCD knowledge and best practices. Part of its early childhood education and care involves the use of radios.  To ensure the healthy growth of children aged 0-3, parents and healthcare workers are educated about infant care and child nutrition through a Training of Trainers model. In each county, 6 healthcare workers and 6 parents are selected to receive training in Shanghai or Beijing. With an expert’s help in the development of a training plan, these participants then become master trainers responsible for spreading ECCD knowledge and best practices back within their own community. Awareness and guidance materials are also distributed throughout the community via radio and television.  Learn more about Hand in Hand here...

Read about similar programs using radio as an education tool...

  • "Its My Right, Make It Happen" has a children's club project which includes the local media as a strategic partner to build energy around education rights at the provincial level through evidence based articles, radio programs, and documentaries. Read more about this program here...
  • Uganda Rural Development and Training Program uses inquiry based methods, visioning techniques, sports, educative drama, training in life skills, entrepreneurship, commercial agricultural, and radio broadcasting to equip students with change agent competencies. Read more about this program here...
  • The School-in-a Box kit is a portable classroom that can be used almost anywhere in the world. Additionally it supplies each student with a wind up radio to listed to education broadcasts and other broadcasts.  Read more about this program here...
  • Mother Tongue Education facilitates various community activities to increase community and parental awareness of the value and importance of mother tongue. MTE also participates in existing sensitization activities in the project's districts, including school meetings, radio programs, and adult literacy classes. Read more about this program here...

 

Above photograph from the The Broad Class - Listen to Learn program.

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