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Instructional Radio in Africa Uses Stories to Promote Engagement

“Distance education” is not always online. Despite the pervasiveness of Internet access, online is not the only solution and is not the way to reach everyone. Cuba, I have heard, has extensive instructional television programming. And over 33 million people on the African continent who do not have Internet access are accessing educational radio programs. In 2008, “Learning by Ear” started, a project by and for Africans, supported by Deutsche Welle, a German Government initiative.
The project was intended to complement educational institutions using “an entertaining rather than strictly scholastic format. Using this approach, the programmes reach out in more than one direction: not only towards the mind but also towards the heart. The result is a pool of diverse content articulated in an African voice with which the listeners can readily connect as they pick the topics they are personally interested in and curious about.”
The broadcasts use stories to help “the audience to make a personal connection with the subject matter. In one programme, listeners enter the world of the sixteen-year-old, sexually naive Angela, who finds herself pregnant, infected with HIV, and facing rejection by her family. In another, they follow the inquisitive teenagers Jack and Jenny as they explore how text messaging works, why car tires are always black, and experience the miracle of falling in love.”
I haven’t listened to the broadcasts myself, but certainly agree about the power of storytelling – on the radio, online, and in the classroom.

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