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Farm Radio Weekly is a news and information service for rural radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa. It is published by Farm Radio International.

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Farm Radio International’s scriptwriting course draws record number of participants

Farm Radio International’s online scriptwriting course is now well underway. The free, 10-week course on writing scripts about healthy communities commenced on August 16th. This year, we are pleased to announce that the number of participants has almost doubled to 419 people! They are already busy with their assignments, and active in online forums discussing their work, sharing ideas and even recipes!

One participant, Gilbert Kedia, from Mount Cameroon FM Radio Station, Buea, Cameroon, described his feelings as he began the course: “I had this fear of not braving it to the end. When everyone started introducing themselves, I started dreaming of a situation where new friends will be made and kept. I also will like [to] see how much experience I can gain in writing acceptable scripts. I’m dreaming, and I’m loving it.”

Everyone who completes the training course will receive a Sansa MP3-player. Broadcasters can use this little device in the field to record interviews with farmers and other community members.

The free distance training course was first offered last year as part of the radio scriptwriting competition on smallholder farmer innovation. Last year’s course was applauded by African broadcasters across the continent:

“Bravo to the hard-working facilitators. Your work was highly exceptional to me because of your personal time you devoted to this training for the past two months. I am now extending what I have learned to other colleagues at our community.”

– Jefferson Massah from Radio Gbarnga in central Liberia

“I am writing to confirm that I have received a Certificate and a Sansa Player from Farm Radio International. I am so grateful about your keeping to your word. It is indeed a confirmation of your kind dedication to our welfare and smallholders as whole. I shall particularly continue working in the same line for the betterment of this very important population.”

-Robinson Wikana Mukangayi, Shinyalu Community Telecentre, Kakamega, Kenya.

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