AMARC Asia Pacific Bangkok First Training Forum Postponed to 11-13 December 2011

AMARC Asia Pacific Bangkok First Training Forum Postponed to 11-13 December 2011

November 2nd, 2011, Kathmandu. The AMARC Asia Pacific Community Radio Training Forum for Enhancing Impact of Community Broadcasting has been postponed. It will take place from 11-13 December 2011 at the Ambassador, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, http://www.amtel.co.th/. It was originally scheduled to be held from 17-19 November 2011. This decision has been made in consultation with stakeholders in Thailand and in view of the devastating floods affecting Bangkok in recent weeks.

Ashish Sen, President of AMARC Asia-Pacific has said that the recent environmental upheavals in Thailand as well as in the entire sub-region has increased the urgency for promoting roles of community radios in disaster risk reduction and relief work. “AMARC will work closely with community broadcasters in Thailand for sharing expertise and will address the issue of disaster management through community radio as a primary concern during the Training Forum,” he said. 

The ‘training of trainers’ event is hosted by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission of Thailand (NBTC) and is supported by AusAid, Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UNESCO, UNICEF, EED, Oxfam-Novib, and South East Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA). Regional and national partners such as the Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA), Association of Community Radio Broadcasters of Nepal (ACORAB), Media Monitor Thailand, FMYY-Japan, National Federation of Community Radios (NFCR) of Thailand, and the Blue Diamond Society, Nepal will be leading various training workshops in the Community Radio Training Forum.

The capacity building event will offer opportunity to more than 150 community radio broadcasters of Asia Pacific region to systematize their experiences, to network with and learn from international trainers and experts and to define strategies to increase the effectiveness of their interventions. Participants will review strategies for setting up community radio stations, promoting community participation, program production, production technology, and advocacy strategies for improving conditions for the development of community broadcasting. Utilizing training workshops and hands on demonstrations the Training Forum will promote gender sensitivity, strengthen community broadcasting for poverty reduction, and enhance the capacity of community radio stations to address climate change and disaster management. In addition to explaining concepts and principles, the Training Forum will include practical subjects such as research techniques, script writing, interviewing, editing, and using digital recording and computer based editing.

Sharing of ideas and learning of skills will be based on specific thematic streams of workshops so that broadcasters can directly apply their learning to address the concerns of the communities in the Asia-Pacific region such as food security, good governance, empowering women, improving literacy, generating employment opportunities, improving local governance, and promoting the rights of the marginalised. The Training Forum will organise six thematic workshops and participants will be enrolled into specific workshops during the entire period of the Forum. For latest updates, please visithttp://www.amarc.org/index.php?p=thailand_Forum_EN.

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AMARC is an international non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement in over 130 countries, and advocating for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels. AMARC has an International Secretariat in Montreal. It has regional sections in Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific and offices in Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Brussels, and Kathmandu. 
For more information, please contact Suman Basnet, Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, suman_basnet@asiapacific.amarc.org or visit www.asiapacific.amarc.org.


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