Youth Exchange Program

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Youth Exchange Program

This is an exchange program of community radio journalists between Bangladesh and Nepal with the objective of ‘promoting public health facility as a human right through community radios in Bangladesh and Nepal.’ The initiative is carried out by AMARC Asia-Pacific and Rupantar (a non-government organization based in Bangladesh) with the support of the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (NOREC).

The program further seeks to initiate a cross-country network of community broadcasters so that an increasing number of community radios can be involved in the quest for promoting public health facilities as a human right through community radios in Bangladesh and Nepal. The exchange alumni and the community radio development activities carried out by the two partners in the last few years provide a firm grounding for ensuring the functionality of the network.

The program comprises three key themes – health, education, and vocational training. It proposes to build the capacities of local stakeholder groups on health education and health communication through participatory approaches using community radio stations.

The objectives of the program include:

a) Promoting Public Health Facilities as a Human Right through community radios

b) Ensuring easy access to vaccination (including COVID-19) through enhancing community knowledge

c) Using community radio programs as a tool for Open Distance Learning (ODL)

d) Building awareness of the community for raising voices to demand better public health facilities

e) Creating scope of developing linkage among community people and policy maker

f) Contributing to national-level policy advocacy for improving public health services