November 09, 2007

Nepali radio programme wins Global Junior Challenge award

KATHMANDU, Nov 8 - A youth-based radio programme, Sathi Sanga Manaka Kura (Chatting With My Best Friend), developed through a partnership between the UNICEF Nepal and Equal Access Nepal has won Global Junior Challenge (GJC) for the use of new technologies for the education and training of youngsters.

The GJC in its website identifies itself as an initiative of the Municipality of Rome, conceived and implemented by the Digital World Foundation. According to the GJC, the intention of the award, now in its fourth edition, is to identify and reward best innovative practices in the use of information and communication technologies for education, solidarity and international collaboration in the path towards a more e-inclusive knowledge society.

The Sathi Sanga Manaka Kura (SSMK) was awarded the GJC in the “up to 29 years old” category out of a total of 102 projects chosen from the total of 600 projects from 80 countries that had applied for the category.

In a function organized in the capital today, Digital Broadcast initiative, Equal Access, which produces the SSMK, highlighted the various aspects and contribution of the seven-year old programme that raises issues of younger generation.

“The programme provides information on HIV and AIDS, life-skills and also covers other youth-related issues from employment, sexual and reproductive health to conflict management” the SSMK member Devendra Lal Shrestha ‘Sushil’ said while reading the press statement issued by the SSMK.

The SSMK informed that it had over six million listeners and around a thousand listeners’ clubs across the country.Italian president Giorgio Napolitano felicitated the SSMK representatives during an award ceremony at the Campidoglio City Hall in Rome.The SSMK also received Euro 25,000 in cash prize.

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