Ekse School Radio Initiative
- By: Mntuwabantu Mtshiselwa
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/ekse-school-radio-initiative
Stephen Mazungula Primary school in New Brighton Port Elizabeth has had for many years a computer lab room that did not have computers but it was used as a storage room.
In 2018, aBantu Development Agency wanted to revitalize the computer lab back to what it was meant to be. Together with Isuzu Motors aDA helped organize 15 computers to start an active computer lab for the school. This computer lab will help the pupils with basic computer skills and prepare them for skills that are needed for employment or the university.
Within the new school computer lab of Stephen Mazungula Primary School we are working on establishing a school radio club for the pupils called Ekse school radio. It is our objective to develop the children holistically beyond textbooks and find creative processes to make learning interactive and fun. This concept came to life through our interaction with the staff of the school. Different ways of learning and presenting knowledge has been defined as a challenge due to a lack of confidence from the pupils and the fear to speak in public.
Aim Our opinion is that the introduction of the radio club will help improve literacy through writing of scripts and prepare for their respective radio shows tasks. We aim to extend the concept for talk shows, radio drama or telephone interviews that will refine the skill of public speaking.
This radio station will be run by the students with the facilitation of three teachers as means to supplement and compliment their curriculum especially for their language, Life Orientation and arts & culture classes. This will assist the school to introduce a fun, innovative and interactive way of learning and meeting the national curriculum in a creative way.
This school radio would give the pupils a Voice and Empowerment, because we foresee using this platform for students to discuss issues that matter to them in a non-confrontational format. Whether it is discussing important issues or sharing the music they love. Also the school radio creates a safe space for the pupils to express themselves while learning new skills.
Furthermore the school radio will teach the pupils teamwork as it will involve planning and presenting, all this requires a great deal of team work. The school will run this school radio like a real station where pupils will be assigned roles and responsibilities from presenters, engineers and management team. This will not only provide an alternative platform for expression, but a skill they can take with them to their communities.
Radio and Media Industry experts were invited on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd February 2019 to run a series of workshops for 30 scholars at the school to establish their radio club.
Currently the kids are using a BlueYeti microphone and a PC to record their shows. Our wish is to set up a real mini radio studio, with real basic radio equipment for them to run a real station.
- 10-input mixer
- 3 microphones
- Software for recording and broadcasting
- 75 Watt FM Transmission system.
- 3 Headphones
- Mar 18, 2019 - USD $ 7.29
- "I know it is not much, i hope you reach your target. This is a beauttiful project and we need more of such initiatives to develop our children." - Anonymous
aBantu Development Agency
aBantu Development Agency is a South African Not for Profit Company (NPC). Our goal is to facilitate development and support economic growth within the townships of Port Elizabeth and in the Eastern Cape. Through our projects and programs we aim to provide the necessary resources and development assistance to the communities. Our approach to address the challenges on local level is highly influenced by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Our vision is to promote community development and bring positive change in rural and impoverished townships of the Eastern Cape South Africa. We believe empowerment and knowledge transfer will equip the community members to develop themselves and create economic opportunities that will bring positive change for them and the community.