ActionAid Nigeria has trained 48 youths from 12 communities in six local government areas of Kaduna state on radio listening as a tool for peace building, education and promoting social cohesion.
The training, under the System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SARVE III) Project is to build resilience among residents of the 12 community in Kaduna state against violent extremism by helping the youth to form a radio listening group of not 20 members each. They would also hold discussions on peace building and conflict resolution on radio.
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ActionAid Resilience Programme Coordinator, Mr. Anicetus Atakpu said the very active and proactive among the groups may be assisted to metamorphose into a cooperative society where they can benefit from government and civil society organisations’ grants.
“The youth radio listening session is targeted at strengthening one key component of the SARVE III project; use of radio as a medium of transmitting messages to our teeming youth.
“We have programmes running on three radio stations in Kaduna State, we want to create a community listening group to listen to our radio programmes. We want to have an interactive session by bringing two males and two females from each of the 12 communities, bring them up to speed, give them a radio set and enable them to discuss what they listened to and build their capacity. It is another way of educating the people from the radio listening group,” Atakpu said.