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4th Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Community Radio held at Dhaka

Knowledge Sharing Workshop was held at Dhaka on 18-19th September 2011 at Press Institute of Bangladesh. The workshop was organized by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) with the support from UNICEF Bangladesh.

The 2-day long workshop was inaugurated by Mr.Aminul Islam, joint Secretary, Ministry of Information  and Secretary National Regulatory Committee on Community Radio and among the Guests Ms. Reba Rani Saha (Deputy Secretary, MoI) and Jahangir Hossain (Senior Asstt. Secretary, Mol) were present. Ms.Mira Mitra, Office in Charge of Communication for Development section, UNICEF participated as the special guest of the occasion.

In inaugural session the initiators have presented the latest status of their Radio Stations. Most of the Radio Stations are now at the final stage of preparation. They are expecting to start test transmission from end October.03 of the Radio stations(Radio Padma-Rajshahi,Radio Nalta-Satkhira,Lokobetar-Barguna)started test transmission. The presentation part became interesting with examples of Audio Contents by the Program Producers from different stations. The presentation session was moderated by AHM Bazlur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, BNNRC.

In the next session, the findings of the recent baseline Survey on Community Radio (supported by UNICEF) have been shared among the participants. The Research Team members –Mr.SM Shameem Reza –Professor Dhaka University and Syed Tamjidur Rahman, Development Consultant presented the findings of the survey. The findings reflected the specific need of the listeners in specific area.Everyone has agreed that these findings would be helpful in content development.

At the end of the day, the closing session was graced by solidarity speech from Mr.Masud (Plan Bangladesh), Sohani (DIPECHO), and Mr.Mobashwer (American Center).

On 2nd day (19th September), Mrs. Mira, Office in Charge of Communication for Development section, UNICEF presented an overview of Communication for Development. This was followed by another presentation by Mr.Pulak Raha of UNICEF, on Meena Communication (on Meena day-24th Sept.).Mr. Jahangir Hossain, Senior Asstt.Secretary attended this session.

In this session, the Initiators involved in group work to prepare a possible future plan of intervention for their development, During the 2nd half of the day, the session was attended by the  Project Manager Puji and Mr.Suman Alam-Advocacy Analyst.

They have delivered speeches on role of community radio in DRR and how Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme