This is one of a series of six stories for International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2022. The theme for this IVD is solidarity through volunteering – Together, act now. On 5 December, throughout the world, the value of volunteers is celebrated and recognized. While the world grapples with humanitarian and development challenges – amid wars and climate change, we need volunteers. We need solidarity and people working together for a common good.
Community radio plays an important role in communities across the world. Improving this vital means of communication – is what this story from Zimbabwe is all about.
Sometimes it's tough to get started. It takes bravery to sit or stand in front of a microphone and broadcast. But that's exactly what a group of volunteers from the Auxeni community radio in Zimbabwe do, with the help of training from national broadcasters.
These seasoned national broadcasters are from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation, and other major communication outlets from the country's national radio stations.
The training, part of the 2022 World Radio Day activities, was organized by the Ministry of Information and supported by UNESCO Regional Office in Southern Africa.
UNESCO established a network of radio practitioners from East and Southern Africa to promote the community radio sector.
Nick Mangwana represents the Ministry of Information in Harare. His advice on professionalism resonates loud and clear.
When you go behind that microphone, whatever you present, let it be professional. We believe this radio station, Auxeni, is going to bring the Shangani people together. We believe it's going to bring your chiefs together.
The broadcast is in Shangaan, the main language in the region.
Connecting communities through radio – volunteers act together in solidarity in Zimbabwe.
Read more about the community radio volunteers' here.
Be inspired by volunteers to #TogetherActNow and help in your community. Together, we can all do our part.