Disaster mitigation uses radio best

Director of NAMCOL, Heroldt Murangi (left) and Deputy Director: Finance and Administration at NAMCOL, Petrina Kamati (right) handing radio recordings to the chief clerk at the Caprivi Regional Council, Irene Mwazi and the chief clerk at the Omusati Regional Council, Martin Hausiku (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)The Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) has entered into a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to develop educational radio programmes focusing on disaster risk preparedness, reduction and management, for rural communities.
The Disaster Risk Reduction educational radio programmes were broadcast on the national broadcasting service, NBC National Radio, Base FM in Windhoek, Ohangwena Community Radio in Eenhana, UNAM Radio, Live FM in Rehoboth as well as Karas Community Radio in the south. The programmes are aimed at developing disaster resilient communities hence the translation of the programmes from English to Oshiwambo and Silozi to ensure that the intended message reaches the targeted communities in the northern parts of the country.Topics covered in the programme include “Importance of Education in Emergencies”, “Protection in Emergencies” and “Disaster Management and Community Involvement” amongst others. A total of 5000 translated CD’s have been duplicated and will be shared amongst the northen regions, with 3000 being distributed to the far northern regions and 2000 to the Caprivi region. Soon the programmes will be translated into other local languages especially in the dialects of the Kavango region which has suffered disasters many times in the past.