World Radio Day: Do you know Radio Ghetto?

Posted by projects on Feb 13

UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, proclaimed World Radio Day on 13 February. And some activitst and volunteer from SCI are involved in a Radio project. Do you know Radio Ghetto?
Photo credits: Radio Ghetto



UNESCO’s Executive Board recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day, on the basis of a feasibility study undertaken by UNESCO, further to a proposal from Spain. Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.”

Reaching remote communities is the aim of Radio Ghetto of Rignano Garganico (FG). Radio Ghetto was created in the summer of 2012 thanks to the idea of the network “Campagne in lotta”, who brought in the Ghetto all the needed equipment for the broadcast. What is it the Ghetto? The Ghetto is a shantytown located not far from Foggia, in Puglia (Italy). This place, as many others in Italy, seasonally hosts hundreds of migrant workers, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, and involves them in the tomato harvest. Those kind of places are usually characterized by hard living condition, bad accommodation and illegal hiring.

Since the summer of 2012 Radio Ghetto has the aim to create a debate inside and outside the Ghetto, that’s why a radio. During the broadcasts, that are totally created and managed by the migrant workers, they discuss the living condition in the Ghetto, listen to music and radio-magazine, they share problems linked to their own migratory path and the daily life in Italy. they have also organized rapper and singer contests inside the Ghetto. Over the years, Radio Ghetto has become a free space, in which to debate and relax.

These 4 years of broadcast have been possible thanks to the many volunteers, but mostly thanks to the effort from all the inhabitants of the Ghetto, who came back tired from work, but still wanting to animate the Radio. During these 4 years a lot of volunteers and the “Campo Io CI Sto” e “SOS Rosarno” always supported all the activities of the radio station.

SCI Italy is link to the Radio Ghetto thanks to some activist of La Citta'dell’Utopia and Laboratorio 53. In the summer 2015, for the first time, SCI Italy organized an international workcamp inside the Grand Ghetto, during which the activities of the volunteers were to: facilitate radio animation and foster a multiform space throughout socialization. During the first half of the workcamp it was planned to construct the shed that hosted Radio Ghetto. The study part of the workcamp was to focus on labor conditions, the law framework, immigration issues in Italy and gaining basic knowledge of radio broadcasting.

SCI International is planning to do a study camp and  awareness raising event in Foggia as part of its activities included in the  PATH projecta, with the cooperation of Radio Ghetto and funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens".



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