4/16/2005

Carib Territory in Dominica to get radio station

by Christine St. Marie
Caribbean Net News Dominica Correspondent

ROSEAU, Dominica: The Kalinago people of the Carib Territory in Dominica should expect a brand new radio station in their area, come August.

This comes as part of a project implemented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) within the context of organisation's cross-cutting theme entitled: Contribution of information and communication technologies to the development of education, science, and culture and the construction of a knowledge society.

The UNESCO-funded projects that are launched in Dominica are implemented through the National Commission for UNESCO, which is headed by Dr. Alexandra Burton-James.

According to Dr. Burton-James, this new initiative costs about US$20,000. "That includes equipment, training and technical assistance" she said.

The project seeks to address poverty in isolated indigenous communities using integrated community media and the creation of multimedia products as the focus for the sustainable human development strategy.

A number of persons are expected to be employed after the station is fully installed. One person in the Territory has already been pinpointed to run the station.

According to Dr. James, some of the equipment is already on island. A place has already been earmarked for housing the equipment.

The Dominica Broadcasting Station (DBS), along with a number of media-trained persons will be assisting with the training of the Kalinago people. They will be trained in multi-media computing, management, content and programming.

Dr. James said among the issues that the Carib people will be voicing is that of poverty.

Though the project is being fully funded by UNESCO, the Government of Dominica is also playing its part by facilitating high-level technical assistance, allowing duty-free concessions and ensuring the sustainability of the project.

Carib Chief, Charles Williams is pleased about this new development in his community.

UNESCO has also launched similar projects in Belize, Surinam, Indonesia, Australia and Africa.