Access to information through establishment of community radio station

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Mokhotlong steering committee for Mokhotlong Community Radio with MISA Lesotho National Director

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Lesotho Chapter; (MISA Lesotho) held a one-day governance and management training workshops for the Quthing and Semonkong Community radio stations’ steering committees on Wednesday the 10th and Thursday the 11th February 2016 respectably.

The training workshops are part of a series of capacity building initiatives aimed at empowering the communities of Mokhotlong, Quthing and Semonkong to establish Community Radio Stations (CRS). MISA Lesotho is working with the District Administrators (DAs) of Mokhotlong and Quthing districts and Maseru DA through the Semonkong Urban Council.

Establishment of CRS is a MISA Lesotho and Open Society Initiative for Africa (OSISA)’s initiative intended at extending closer to the rural communities access to information that they need to make informed decisions in their day-to-day life.

In the training workshops, the steering committees also reviewed plan of actions they drew in November and December 2015. They revisited these plans of action in order to establish whether or not they still within the time-frame and mandate set in 2015.

The reviews noted that satisfactory progress has been made by the three (3) steering committees so far and MISA Lesotho is confident that with the pace and dedication of the committee members, the three CRS will be on-air by May 2016 and in time for commemoration of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD).

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