Campaign through Community Radio on Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh (IRSOP)
“Khola Janala is a great initiative. It is really an urgent issue to inform and aware community people on govt. and non govt. legal assistance services and local service centres. I belive that if the community radio can continue with this awareness raising program in such a way , the justice department will gets relief from case jam and the poor and vulnerable people will not face in legal harassment anymore’’-said Prodip kumar Roy, Advocate, Kurigram Judge Court while he was attending one of the dialogue sessions of Khola Janala as a talker at Community Radio Chilmari.
`Khola Janala’, stands for open window, is an information and motivation program that has been broadcast in seven Community radio stations in Bangladesh. The radio stations are Community Radio Padma (Rajshahi), Community Radio Nalta (Satkhira), Community Radio Pollikontho (Moulvibazar), Community Radio Sagar Giri ( Chittagong), Community Radio Chilmari (Kurigram), Community Radio Jhenuk (Jhenaidha) and Community Radio Bikrampur (Munsiganj). Read More >>
English Language through Community Radio in Rural Bangladesh
In a globalized world, English language is becoming increasingly demanding due to its increased use in our business and professional sectors. Through massive use of a computer, internet and mobile phone in our day-to-day lives, in less than a decade, the English language has been placed as a significant language in our commoners’ lives. But it has been a challenge for our rural people to comply with this rapid advancement. Our traditional education system and the curriculum used at secondary levels do not keep pace with this ever-increasing demand, particularly for our youth learners in rural areas. The problem has become much more critical due to gaps between educational systems of urban and rural society. To overcome this, government is committed to minimize the gaps and materialize the vision 2021 through digital Bangladesh. In this connection, Government has provided license to the initiators, by which 17 community radio stations are now operating in 17 different rural sites. These Radio stations are one of the good educational platforms for the larger audience at community level. Read More >>
Engage Community Radio for Elimination of Gender Based Violence in Rural Bangladesh
The biggest challenges that women and girls face are related to the attitudes, practices and ideologies that are deeply rooted in the traditions and social norms of our country. Media can play an outstanding role to influence these drives for bringing positive changes. It is very crucial, particularly in rural and remote areas where the majority of the population are being illiterate and have no access of media of their own, community radios can be considered as the only media that is being treated as affordable, low cost and the only source of information. Keeping this in mind, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has taken initiative to launch a project, “Girl Power Project (GPP)” to sensitize and further activate the media people (initiators of media houses and practitioners) to contribute to eliminate the violence against girls and young women through media. This 5-year long project (from 2011-2015) had been implemented in collaboration with Plan International Bangladesh and other nine partner organizations (national Non-Government Organizations) in Bangladesh Read More >>
Building Capacity to produce interactive, audience-led governance program through community radio
While there is an increasing demand from audiences for the opportunity to question leaders on local issues related to public services, citizens do not have any platform to come face to face, to collaborate and to actively participate in the decision-making process. This has made the rationale to involve community radio stations as the only media platform to play an effective role in governance process at local level. As Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is the only apex organization to coordinate and support all the radio stations, the work has aimed to engage directly with BNNRC and to analyse and strengthen the knowledge and skills within the network to allow member stations to be assisted in working on local governance issues. BBC Media Action and BNNRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the month of August 2015 to work jointly with two community radio stations to produce pilots of interactive, audience-led Read More >>
Strengthening BNNRC in Capacity Building, Lobby & Advocacy to Contribute to Community Media Development
On the basis of the thematic principles of “Theory of Change “to mentor and guide the Strategic Partnership Program launched by Free Press Unlimited and European Journalism Centre in selected countries for the coming five years (2016-2020).Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is one of the strategic partners to undertake activities to contribute in achieving the Program’s core objective and three (3) intermediate outcomes within the project time-period. As part of developing the activities of the project, a three days Baseline Workshop entitled ‘No News is Bad News’, was held at IDB Bhaban, Dhaka, focusing on the existing situation and context of Bangladeshi media from 22-24 March 2016. The workshop was organised by BNNRC under the supports of Free Press Unlimited (FPU) and European Journalism Centre (The Netherlands). A total of 22 participants from different media, Dutch Embassy, BNNRC, Community Radio, Article 19, and Press Institute of Bangladesh have joined there to make the workshop an effective one. The workshop provided an analysis and evaluation of the present situation of media in Bangladesh and some recommendations according to the problems. Read More >>
Bini Suter Mala
There is a need to use communication to provide and facilitate linkages between relevant basic services and the community. Community behavior can be highly influenced by media literacy through a strategy which applies a mix of communication tools, channels, strategies or approaches in the targeted communities. It is a fact that in Bangladesh the majority of the population is illiterate and millions of them live in remote areas, both out of reach of mainstream services, including media. For these groups, radio, and more specifically community radio, is one of the best means of receiving information, which affect the most important aspects of their knowledge, attitude and practice levels.
With its affordability, portability and low set up costs, radio has the magic power to reach even the remotest areas and the smallest community with the necessary information, education and persuasion. In a country like Bangladesh, where the majority of the population lives in rural areas, community radios can be the ears and eyes of the poor, marginalized or excluded. They can be the voices for participation, the sources of information and the instruments for mobilization. By using dialogue, music and words Community radio programs can reach not only those who cannot read or write but to those who suffer even from visual impairments. Read More >>
Online Community Broadcasting Library for Access to Information and knowledge
The online community broadcasting library has already been set up as an essential part of 16 community radio stations in Bangladesh. Around 1000 rural broadcasters are directly benefitted from the library. Under the initiative, BNNRC has provided book self, a set of books/CDs and ICT equipment to each of the station. Each library acts as an E- knowledge center to radio practitioners, development activists, volunteers and the community people around the station areas with support from European Union, Free Press Unlimited and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC). This has helped the community broadcasters, trainers, volunteers and leaders of listeners clubs to gain more knowledge and skill. Libraries provide an essential means of reaching the next million by supporting digital inclusion through access to Community Broadcasting, and dedicated broadcasters to help people develop new digital skills. Read More >>