Better access to information by founding community stations

Better access to information by founding community stations

MISA Lesotho held a one-day governance and management training workshops for the steering committees of the Quthing and Semonkong community radio stations in February 2016.

The 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.

MISA Lesotho is working with the district administrators of Mokhotlong and Quthing districts, as well as Maseru district administrator through the Semonkong Urban Council.

MISA Lesotho and Open Society Initiative for Africa are working together to establishing community radio stations as a way of giving rural communities access to the information 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 up 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 steering committees so far. MISA Lesotho is confident that with the pace and dedication of the committee members, the three community radio stations will be on-air by May 2016 in in time for commemoration of World Press Freedom Day.

About MISA Lesotho

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho was founded in 1996. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.