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NCC trains producers of Children’s programs

NCC trains producers of Children’s programs

A total number of thirty six (36) children program producers from 18 different radio and television stations in Freetown, Bo, and Kenema benefitted from a two days radio production training organized by the National Commission for Children (NCC). This training took place at the Council of Churches Sierra Leone Kingharman Road Freetown on the 18th and 19th July, 2017.

The training focused on radio production, qualities of a production, ethical values in production, knowing children`s issues, legal child instrument, script writing and format among others

Speaking on the essence of the training, the deputy Commissioner for the Commission for Children, Mohamed Fofie Konneh, told this medium that the National Commission for Children has a good working relationship with radios that took part in this training. He disclosed that the Commission has facilitated and set up a body named Child Broadcasters Network (CBN) in 2015. The essence of which is to coordinate all children radio programs to be doing uniform and unique children programs. In ensuring this happened, the commission has been supporting those programs with small amount during event like the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), Child Labor Day among others.

He furthered that the training was supported by UNICEF and will not only end on the producers but also the children who will have their season of this training by 27th-July 2017. The children’s training will be hosting five children from each of the radio stations in Freetown that are part of the Network which is twelve radio stations with a total number of 16 children. Seven children in each of the headquarter towns in Makeni, Bo and Kenema.

This project, he said is a six months project during which children will be broadcasting on issues agreed upon by the network. As a motivation to the listening audience, prices such as radio sets, dictionaries, exercise books among others will be given every month. When quizzes are conducted, answering a question by a child or children will earn them either of these prices.

On the last day this training, the NCC gave two digital recorders, batteries and notepads to the producers for effective program recordings.

One of the producers that benefited from this training, Madam Aisha Kamara, producer and trainer of Tumac Children’s Hour on Tumac radio said they are very happy about this training from the National Commission for Children and therefore thanked UNICEF for their support to NCC because she said this training will help them produce more than well for their kids before broadcasting.

By Mohamed Awuah Kamara

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