The Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Radio Day. World Radio Day is an observance day held annually on 13 February to celebrate radio as a medium. It was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO 36th General Conference after originally being composed by the Kingdom of Spain. This year World Radio Day will celebrate the theme of Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.
There is more to the radio than just a show if we pay particular attention to the broadcasters. The platform can influence positive change; it brings together and connects PEOPLE from different parts of the world. Most of all it provides a platform for dialogue and democratic debate over issues such as violence against women, migration and even raising awareness among listeners and inspire understanding for new perspectives in paving the way for positive action in various issues. Radio programming can also build tolerance and surpass the differences separating groups by uniting them under common goals and causes, like ensuring education for one’s children or addressing local health concerns. Radio conveys vital information and raises awareness on important issues.
As SCMZ, we consider radio among others as a very noble and effective tool that is key for development and information dissemination. We are urge the local community and young people who are our primary target group to recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace among many other sustainable development initiatives..