October 6, 2021 Juba – Journalists of Duk Padiet Community Radio station have concluded a four-day in-house training on how to professionally report on gender equality. This capacity building training is one of a series of the initiatives NPC-SS is implementing with Community Radio Stations across the country.
On his part, the Acting Executive Director, Kuer Diing of Duk Padiet County appreciate NPC-SS for conducting the training with the support from UNESCO in order to build the radio station despite the floods that have invaded the County. The current floods submerged most parts of Dukpadiet Community Radio (FM) Station.
“This radio is for all of us, the people of Jonglei State, it can be protected by these communities. I can assure the people who donated and gave it to us even though the disaster came, the community of Duk Padiet through the traditional chiefs and the local administration will mobilize the youth to put the Dike around our radio so that we can protect it” Kuer adds .
Poverty Alfred, the NPC-SS program Co-coordinator noted the challenge that the journalists at Duk Padiet are going through while operating without internet access and sessional flooding. However, it has enabled the team to understand the media situation in the country.
“Duk Padiet Community Radio needs interventions especially regarding internet access to ensure that most software in the Radios computers are updated to avoid abrupt shutdown of the Radio from functioning, there is need to extend some support to the volunteers to motivate them to do their work” Poverty notes
He further said that the radio station is not only for the Duk Padiet community but it covers six tribes of Jonglei State.
“In Duk padiet there are also two languages that are used in the community that co-exist together, Nuer and Dinka” Kuer adds
Duk padiet Radio Porgram Manager Mr. Gai Michael said he is pleased to receive NPC-SS team with this special session they have delivered to the radio that will increase the skills and knowledge of the journalists working to rightly and accurately write and disseminate the required information through the radio as a crucial platform for the public to access information.
The in-house training of 12 journalists’ aim is to promote a conducive media environment that promotes gender equality through a four-day capacity building training on Gender-Responsive and Gender equality in the media.
NPC South Sudan, through the funds from UNESCO have donated two solar batteries (12 V200 AH) to Duk Padiet community Radio station to support the running of the radio transmitter to continuously inform, entertain and educate the community on various important aspects.
The training was conducted by the National Press Club – South Sudan (NPC-SS) in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Duk county of Jonglei State.