From Anil Gulati, UNICEF India, West Bengal:
Children were reporting live on radio waves of JuRadio, the community radio station of Jadavpur University, in Kolkata, on Sunday (March 1). The radio station was celebrating International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).
IT WAS Sunday (March 1) afternoon and it was children reporting live on radio waves of JuRadio, the community radio station of Jadavpur University, in Kolkata, West Bengal. It was ‘child radio reporters’ who were interacting with other children and community members of Govindpura, near Jodhpur Park, in Kolkata, interviewing them, asking them about their concerns and all was being aired live.
“It was exciting to see not only children, who are trained in radio reporting, but many others from community participating. All of them were excited to hear their own voices live on radio,” adds Abhishek Das, radio jockey of JuRadio. The radio station was celebrating International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), which falls on the first Sunday of March.
ICDB was launched, in 1992, to provide a day that allows children to be heard on the airwaves or seen on TV sets. Traditionally ICDB used to be second Sunday in December but this year onwards it has been moved to the first Sunday of March. The theme this year is ‘Unite for Children – Tune in to Kids’.
It was child radio reporters that were tuning in with their own issues and the way they wanted. It is not only on ICDB but child radio reporters, a joint initiative of Jadavpur University, School of Media Studies and UNICEF office of West Bengal in India to empower kids to produce their own programmes, which were aired on JuRadio.
The radio station airs programmes within a radius of 10 kilometers of the University. ‘Just listen’ is its slogan and programme to ’Just listen’ are aired everyday, which pick up issues that are local and impact people staying within the vicinity of the radio station. Special slots were given on Sunday for the programmes produced by child radio reporters.