Monrovia, capital of Liberia. Photo: Library for Liberia.
In Liberia, young reporters on community radio are getting the word out about how to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
The Children’s Radio Foundation, which trains young people in radio broadcasting skills, has built a network of youth reporters at 29 of Liberia’s radio stations, according to this story on the Anglican Communion News Service. CRF has offices in South Africa, the U.K. and U.S.
“[We are] putting together an Ebola Health Information Pack (EHIP) to send out … containing accurate, effective information,” said the Rev. Charlotte Bannister-Parker, the U.K.-based leader of the foundation.
Over the years, CRF has learned that there can be a lack of trust among children and young adults about public health messages that come from government officials.
“Government messages can often fall on deaf ears because they’re not created by young people for young people,” she said. “What we’ve been doing is putting together an information pack that is also appropriate for young people,” she said.
Bannister-Parker added that CRF’s radio packages will also compliment the work and appeals of those charities that would normally respond to such a multi-national crisis.
“Thanks to the other appeals, people are getting buckets and soap and protective clothing, but if they don’t know how best to use them there’s almost no point in getting them. So our radio messages come in at a crucial point in that educational process.”
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Community radio is a major program area for WACC. According to WACC’s website, community radio, the most prevalent of all community media, is a vital alternative both to state owned and commercial private radio. Community radio’s affordability and reach make it a powerful agent of social change.