17 July 2013

Tanzania: Airtel, UNESCO to Launch Community Radio in Karagwe

AIRTEL Tanzania in collaboration with UNESCO is expected to launch community radio in Karagwe District, Kagera Region on Friday, it was announced in Dar es Salaam.

The launch resulted from the partnership between Airtel and UNESCO to offer radio broadcasting services to the marginalised community that have no access to communication.

The Airtel communication Director, Mr Beatrice Singano, said "Airtel and UNESCO are fulfilling their commitment to reach more people especially in rural areas through communication.

"They also help women communities, particularly marginalised mothers who have been left behind and do not realise their role and contribution to the community." The launching ceremony will be officiated by the Kagera Regional Commission (RC), Mr Fabian Massawe.

Several government and community leaders are also expected to attend the function. "We believe through radio communication most of the members of the community will be transformed and get access to education and information including economic, social, business and political news," she said.

UNESCO Communication Officer, Yusuph Al Amin said: "We have a number of projects that aim to support and transform communities for the better.

"This project will help to eliminate the current challenges and wrong practices including outdated traditions, poor education, superstitious belief, poverty, sexual abuse and rapid growth of HIV and AIDS and so many other problems. Our aim is to connect Karagwe Community to other part of the world."

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