July 12, 2012
More than 20 radio hosts, reporters, editors and technical staff from the national level have learned general human trafficking, safe migration and child sexual exploitation prevention techniques and discussed related legal frameworks and policies.
A three-day capacity-building training was conducted by Lao National Radio, which drew Champasack, Saravane, Savannaket, Vientiane provinces and Vientiane Capital.
The training course was carried out in cooperation with the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) and with technical and financial support from ILO, VFI and WVL held on July 3 – 5.
The training also included radio reporters from Lao Women’s Union, Youth Union and Lao-ngam community youth volunteers.
Trainers advised radio reporters on how to produce more interesting scripts, attractive spots and captivating dramas to deliver their key messages on these topics. Apart from theory and group discussion, participants also implemented their skills through role play, such as preparing a press release for a mock press conference, interviewing an audience and simulating a live radio report.
Participants also learned to produce a variety of spots, which reporters brought back to their provinces to reproduce and broadcast on their own radio station. Attendants found this aspect of the training particularly useful. “I have been working as a volunteer with VFI on counter-trafficking, helping them conduct outreach activities at the school and village level,”said Phouthone Duangoudom, a volunteer from Lao-ngam District, Saravane province.”I found it very important to develop key messages on human trafficking into radio spots and educational programs that we could rebroadcast for many people in our target audience.”
The training also guided radio producers in forming a strategic communication plan for reaching listeners at the rural village level. To further increase public awareness on human trafficking, child sexual exploitation and safe migration, Lao National Radio committed to continue producing radio spots, providing free airtime for their broadcast. “I would like to encourage the entire radio community to take the initiative to reproduce the radio spots that we drafted during the training. Adjust them as your own version and broadcast on your station as soon as you return home,” Mr. Sangkhan Choumkhamphanh, Deputy Director of Lao National Radio and chief trainer for this workshop, said at the closing ceremony. In addition, he asserted that Lao National Radio will continue collaborating with international partners to increase public awareness on human trafficking and safe migration through radio programs.