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Radio as a Tool for Advocacy Workshop

The SFM partnered with the Sri Lanka Development Journalists Forum (SDJF) in October 2012 to implement a workshop for Muslim youth, which focused on using the radio as a tool to advocate Muslim concerns. The programme consisted of workshops that took place in Kandy over a period of 3 months, in three segments (3 days of each).

 

15 radio dramas were produced for broadcast on national and community radio stations to address strategic areas related to Muslim issues the SFM is working to promote, such as land settlement, migrant women, and co-existence through inclusion. Two scripts were chosen by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation for T.V production.

 

During the six-day training session 25 university students were trained by three instructors, in script writing, radio drama production and advocacy. A two-day follow-up workshop helped the trainees enrich their radio scripts.

 

Research has shown that radio drama programmes are listened to by the majority of the Muslim community, particularly women. Despite the increasing demand for such programmes, many veteran writers, producers, and artists are leaving the field as they retire. It is therefore imperative to continue the momentum by training youngsters to develop radio dramas which advocate the issues of importance to the Muslim community in an effective and interactive manner.

 

The SDJF has a proven track record of working with university students to develop radio dramas and has an established process for recruiting participants with the interest, background, and expertise for such programmes. Out of 55 applications, 25 young participants including 10 Muslim females were selected for the programme.