TADIO members (CRs) benefit from an educational development program.

UNESCO has reiterated its commitment to support community radio practitioners in Tanzania to upgrade their education qualifications to a diploma level as required by the Media Services Act 2016.

Tirso Dos Santos, UNESCO Head of Office and Representative in Tanzania made the commitment on March 25, during a meeting with Board Members of TADIO, a Community Media Network of Tanzania. “E-learning is a powerful means of learning as all is required is for one to be disciplined,” said Mr. Dos Santos.

In another move, Mr. Dos Santos has stressed that the radio is still the only means that reach everywhere at an affordable costs. “We have a lot to lose if we overlook the great role of the radio because we have other means. We should join hands to ensure that the radio reaches as many people as possible.   What we need is for community radios to reach people with the right information,” said Mr. Dos Santos.

For his part, TADIO Board Chairperson Prosper Kwigize thanked UNESCO for the continued support saying that most community radio practitioners have shown interest to upgrade their qualifications. Mr. Kwigize said that member community radios have good ties with the government and community members and their goal was to maintain good ties with national and international partners.

In Tanzania, UNESCO through funding from the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) supports 25 community radios and the Community Media Network of Tanzania (TADIO).

The support is meant to ensure that people in Tanzania, especially the poor, women and girls, have the capacity to make informed decisions on issues that affect their daily lives based on access to relevant, culturally appropriate, gender responsive accurate information and knowledge.

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