Training plays key part in launch of radio station in South Sudan
The Rumbek Diocese of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS) has launched Word of Hope Radio. This FM Station broadcasts on 94.5MHz and was installed with the assistance of Irving Bible Church in Dallas, TX USA.
Using Galcom Engineering supplied equipment, the station was installed on 26 June 2017. Rev’d Alex Aciga from the ECSS immediately set about training staff to operate the station. Aciga had previously managed a radio station for the Kajo Keji Diocese until the station had to be dismantled earlier this year after the civil war in South Sudan spilt over into that area of the country.
The inter-tribal conflict in South Sudan is one of the main motivations for Word of Hope Radio. This Christian radio station will also to broadcast peace-building, forgiveness and reconciliation programmes to promote peaceful inter-clan and inter-tribal coexistence in the volatile state where animosity and revenge culture has been rooted for many years.
A simple antenna has been installed 15-20 metres on top of a local Church. This kind of antenna installation had been used in Kajo Keji effectively reducing costs.
Aciga said that training was integrated into the project from the start. “Training of three radio team members was conducted to familiarise the local radio team with the setup and linkage of system:” Training was provided in equipment maintenance, studio operations and production skills.
Aciga said he drew on his learning from the Institute Training of Trainers course to design the training event.