Liberia: LMC, RNTC to Build Up Six Community Radios

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Six community radio stations in Liberia have been selected by the Liberia Media Center (LMC) and the Radio Netherlands Training Center (RNTC) to kick start the first phase of a four-year program aimed at providing logistical, technical and professional support to community radio stations.

The Initiative of Mobile Training of Community Radio (Informotrac for short) aims to strengthen the capacities of select community radio stations in West and Central Africa and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

An LMC release named the six beneficiary stations as Voice of Tapitta, Radio Kergheamahn and Radio Nimba all in Nimba County. Others are Radio Kakata and Peace FM in Margibi County and Radio Life in Zorzor, Lofa County.

The program is being implemented in close collaboration with the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. It takes effect in September and will provide studio and broadcast equipment, technical and professional training and basic management and bookkeeping tutorials to the selected stations. The project will in the latter part of the year announce the selection of a new batch of six stations to close up the total number of projected beneficiaries.

At the same time, RNTC is currently conducting a Training of Trainers workshop for members of the LMC Informotrac team in the Netherlands in preparation for the commencement of the program. The TOT also has in attendance participants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Guinea.

The training is being convened at RNTC in Hilversum (the Netherlands) and is expected to focus on the potential and importance of training as a means of increasing the quality and effectiveness of the community radio sector. The month-long TOT program will also focus on the development of skills and techniques for identification of training needs at the strategic, organizational, occupational and individual levels among others.

(The Inquirer (Monrovia), 6 July 2007)