COMMUNITY MEDIA AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Brief summary of activityThrough participative discussion, participants will learn of the links between community development and community media.
Aim of the activityTo make participants aware that media could be a tool for community development.
Expected OutcomesParticipants will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the:
• Link between ethos of community radio and community development
• use of community radio broadcasting as a medium for community
• Importance of training and development of individuals and communities through community radio
experience and skills requiredBroad knowledge of all kinds of media and particularly community media (history, legal status, networks), facilitation skills, as this activity is mostly an open discussion.
infrastructure, setting, resourcesTraining room with chairs.
MaterialsDigital projector, recorder, Power Point, Flip chart, markers (all optional) and/or Recorder/studio.
How the activity should take placeBrainstorm Ask the participants to brainstorm what they understand by the term ‘Community development’. Note the results on a flip chart.
Community development is about people’s involvement in identifying what changes are needed for their community. Community development enables people to participate in their own growth and that of their community. Traditionally, community development organisations are not for profit organisation and many are registered as charities.
Similarly community radio is a not for profit organisation and uses its funds for the benefit of the community it is licensed to serve. Often this includes participatory approaches in working with marginalised groups including ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and young people. Community development organisations have a mechanism for members to become involved in the governance and decision making processes. This is also referred to as ‘participative practice’.
Ask the participants to form small groups to discuss and compare the results of the discussion against Handout on Community Development and/or the ideas presented by the workshop facilitator/trainer.
Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratio10 (for visually impaired and learning difficulties, 4 per trainer)
Risk and possible adaptationDiscussion can be recorded, edited and podcast and offered as a resource to vision impaired participants. Leaflets and hand-outs can be e-mailed to the group.
Tips for TrainersKeep the discussion interactive. Ask questions to trainees as to keep then engaged.
Distribute handout Community Development.No specific requirements.
Analysis and evaluationCan participant name three key elements of community development?
Can they find links between community development and community radio ethos and activities?