15 Communities in 5 days
Written by EDYOU FM Staff on August 31, 2023
Last week, the Ministry of Education’s Radio Station, Edyou FM, visited the Mabaruma Sub-District of Region One, Barima-Waini, to conduct a series of educational activities. The visit was primarily to host a 5-day workshop for Spanish-speaking learners in the sub-district, which seeks to bridge the language gap between educators and learners in comprehension and expression.
The team also ramped up its community sensitization outreach efforts, touching base with over 15 communities within the sub-district to share content information available on EDYOU FM radio while testing the reach and strength of the station’s radio signal in these communities. Some of these areas include Kamwatta, Aruka, Barabina, Hotoquai, Hobodeia, Scared Heart, Savannah Black Water, Peter & Paul, St. Anslen, St. Cyrian, St. Margaret, Barasina, Wauna, White Water, Tobago, Mabaruma, Almond Beach, Hosororo, North West and Barbina.
Additionally, EDYOU FM took advantage of these visits to expand its ongoing Festival of Arts Talent show, capturing students’ talents from schools within the sub-district. The station created the Festival of Arts Talent Show to capture and highlight the nation’s talented children in support of the Ministry of Education’s efforts to promote creative arts in schools and communities.
“We are leveraging our presence in these communities to fulfil the Ministry’s objectives, equity of education distribution and promoting musical and other talents in schools wherever we go.” Head of Edyou FM, Phillip Williams, added.
Though still in August vacation mode, both students and teachers of the areas visited turned up enthusiastically, welcoming and greeting the team. The Schools were ecstatic to learn about Edyou FM, its programming, reach, and benefit to students and residents alike, especially in far-flung communities. Teachers expressed the potential impact on improving learning that radio can bring to the classroom setting while introducing a plethora of learning opportunities to their students and tackling some of the learning challenges.
Students were overjoyed to have their schools participate in the talent festival; they came prepared, and even the parents came out in large numbers to offer support.
Edyou FM continues to produce and air educational content on the Ministry of Education’s radio station in their quest to transform and provide distance education across Guyana, enabling and ensuring that the nation’s children have equal access to education, especially in remote communities across Guyana.