The town of Maridi (South Sudan) is host to a training for local journalists, who learn how to produce radio features and host education programmes. Apart from theory, the participants are also offered a chance to practice their skills by conducting street surveys or collecting and editing materials. The project is addressed to radio journalists, as radio is South Sudan’s most popular media outlet and source of information.
Held as part of the “Education on Air” project, the training has been organized by the Education for Peace Association and involves a South Sudanese radio station. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Media Academy of South Sudan (MASS) and comprises five month-long courses for fifty journalists, and workshops for lecturers of journalism at the University of Juba. For the purposes of the training, the organizers bought computer equipment and dictation devices that will be handed over to radio broadcasters after the project’s end.
The initiative has met with much interest among the local population. A local website published information about one of the trainings (see link below), while the project’s website (see link below) features reports documenting the first training.
The project’s total value is PLN 492 185. It has been co-funded under Poland’s development cooperation programme implemented by the MFA in 2013.