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Youth Radio Magwi Project – FM 92.5
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The Rural Youth's Voices Project is a community-based youth radio station and music production studio in Magwi, South Sudan. The radio station fosters an open dialogue within the community through the exchange of information, opinions, and experience. It allows youth to become active citizens, disseminating information crucial to supporting development and peace in Magwi.
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Segment 1

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Xchange Perspectives
TITLE
Magwi, South Sudan
MAN 1
We are looking forward to have a radio station so that it can improve the life and the standard of living of people in Magwi, and to pass the information on to the community of Magwi.
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Six weeks later
RADIO HOST
Hello, who am I talking to and where are you calling from?
RADIO CALLER
I am calling from Magwi Centre, my name is Taban.
TITLE
Rural Youth’s Voices Project, Magwi, South Sudan: A stepping-stone for peace.
VOICEOVER
For over 20 years, Magwi County was the ground for a devastating and brutal civil war. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005, people started to slowly return to their homelands. Upon their return, they are faced with an immense lack in the most basic infrastructure. The youth in Magwi is particularly in need of hopeful future prospects. The youth was lacking the opportunities to project their views. The Rural Youth’s Voices Project Magwi, a community based local media initiative, initiated and implemented by Xchange Perspectives, changed this reality. The first phase of the project, the Media for Peace training, focuses on understanding peace values. The 18 young people from Magwi learn and reflect on themes such as peace, conflict, violence and the role the media can play to resolve conflicts non-violently and to create cultures of peace.
MAN 2
What is peace? Throw a few things in we have been talking about.
MAN 3
Peace is cooperation and understanding.
MAN 4
Unity and togetherness.
MAN 5
Peace is economic, political, and social stability.
VOICEOVER
The knowledge gained about peace concepts will later be translated into the daily work of the journalists and the musicians.
MAN 6
Here we have chosen this instrument and if you want to choose a different instrument...
VOICEOVER
The three participants of the music production training learn within five weeks about the entire music production process. To record music was almost impossible in South Sudan. Today music can be recorded in Magwi. This is an important contribution to the cultural identity of the youth. Their songs are about a stable, prosperous and peaceful future. And it is this vision that musicians like Johnsonic want to disseminate through their music.
JOHNSONIC
Life is more important than everything else. And life can only be in unity. Let’s vote peacefully until the end.
VOICEOVER
The most effective way to spread news and information in rural areas like Magwi County is through FM broadcasting. For the future radio journalist, it was therefore essential to first thoroughly assess the needs and expectations of their community. Within five weeks they learn about the basics of journalistic work. The 15 participants of the radio journalism training developed a great journalistic ambition and eagerness to contribute positively to their community. The youth, if provided with the necessary skills in media production, can be a voice – a voice contributing positively to social change and peace. Pre-produced songs, features and dramas were waiting to be aired. On the first of March 2010, all is finally set. Radio Magwi FM 92.5 goes on air. In the studio, the phone runs hot.
RADIO HOST
Radio Magwi hello? Yes hello, you are welcome.
VOICEOVER
The coverage of FM 92.5 is far beyond all expectations. The plan was for the signal range to reach 50 kilometers – but now listeners are calling in from as far as Juba, the political center of Southern Sudan. Radio Magwi fosters, through the exchange of information, opinions and experience, an open dialogue amongst the local community, and allows the youth to become active citizens of their society, disseminating information crucial to supporting the development and peace processes in Magwi County.