11 March 2015

Bayanga / Central African Republic – march 2015

A team composed of four local and international experts travelled to Bayanga this week end, a Central African locality in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas zone, where Radio Ndjokou is located. 

Radio Ndjokou is a community radio created in 2012 within the framework of the « Proximity Radio » project, implemented by RFI Planète Radio in partnership with WWF Germany and funded by the European Union. In 2012, the Central African Republic has suffered a crisis that led to political instability and insecurity, which is why RFI had to put the project on hold.

This year, the project restarts with this assignment in Bayanga which is meant to finalise the radio premises construction and lay out, settle the radio and electrical equipments and train the management bodies members and technical staff.

Félix Zinsou, RFI Planète Radio technical advisor and Richard Goutia, radio technician at the Central African Republic Community Radios Association (ARC) will install the radio and electrical equipments. Indeed, Radio Ndjokou’s energy self-sufficiency will be guaranteed thanks to solar panels, an environmentally friendly and sustainable technology. The radio’s technical staff will be invited to closely follow the installation and also will be trained to use and carry out preventive maintenance of these equipments.

A training session is also planned to strengthen the radio’s management bodies’ skills. Also, a control committee should be established. The objective of this session is to promote the good governance in the management of the radio. Pascal Chirhalwirwa, a Congolese consultant specialised in community media and Jean-Ignace Manengou, president of the ARC, will lead this training which will start with the radio’s General Assemble, an important and decisive moment.

Over the coming months, a series of journalism and radio animation trainings will be carried out but for the time beeing, the project moves forward step by step.