Children's Radio Channel Project
Explain your project in details:
The Children's Radio Channel will combine technology, media, activism and entertainment to support growth of under-served children in Sierra Leone. The 'channel' will focus on education, advocacy, jobs/training and fund raising 1. EDUCATION: Children who could not access mainstream formal education and even those in schools, would benefit from simplified lectures prepared by qualified teachers and aired on the radio. Civic education is part of it. 2. ADVOCACY: It will serve as the hub through which children could communicate their concerns and a platform for child rights activists to advocate for the welfare of the children. 3. JOBS/TRAINING: Young people will have the opportunity to receive first hand media training and employment. This radio will serve as a national children's center providing mentor-ship for children that would not be fortunate for hands-on training and employment. 4. FUND RAISING: Advertisement and sponsored programs would not only generate funds to sustain the radio but will further boost financial capability to provide scholarships and medical interventions for children. GOALS/OBJECTIVES: The goal is to enable needy children to access formal education outside the mainstream educational system. Objectives include: 1. To enhance access to the general curriculum and measurably increase the interest of children in education through the introduction of a new form of teaching and education. 2. To serve as the advocacy center for children and provide platform for stakeholders to discuss issues affecting children. 3. To serve as a major fundraising platform for onward interventions including payment of school fees and purchase of drugs and medical tools to support quality healthcare. 4. To ease challenges associated with hands-on job experiences for children who would have attained some form of education, especially above primary level. The radio center will provide internship enrollment, on-the-job training and jobs for employable youth.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Access to affordable and accessible education is generally essential for sustainable development. Providing education for children at various levels will immensely mould them for the future. Teaching and learning on radio will contribute towards improving early childhood education as the classes would be customized to attract the interest of the child. It will further contribute towards the achieving the universal primary education goal in addition to providing life skills for young people. This project will also improve adult literacy and the general quality of education in the country. It will also serve as an alternative means of teaching and learning, thereby improving quality education.. It is generally known that a literate society is less prone to poverty. This project will therefore reduce the poverty level in the society in addition to bridging the inequality gap in the formal educational system. Job creation and training will also complement efforts towards sustainable development. MEASURES TO EVALUATE SUCCESS Apart from airing these lectures on radio, mechanisms will also be put in place to ensure that community centres in deprived communities host children in these communities with a loud radio set and a physical conductor present in the center to lead the children through the radio lectures. To access impact, those that would be taking parts in the community center sessions would be registered and made to take exams over a period of two or three terms in a year. Similar general exams would be conducted in various communities that will attract any child who had been independently following the lectures. Prizes would be put in place for children that will excel in these examinations. Those prizes will include scholarships and micro-financing for the parents
Sustainability and future plans
Initial funding for the purchase of the transmitter is already available through donations towards the project. We are currently working towards attracting partners in education and general children's issues to ensure a successful kickoff. Advertisement on the radio including sponsored programs will form a significant base for future revenue generation. We are also currently discussing plans to set up a social enterprise that could be generating funds to keep the project alive. The project will start in the capital city with plans to gradually extend it to provincial areas as and when the funds are available.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Abdul Karim (Fonti) Kabia is a Journalism and News Writing graduate from the London School of Journalism (LSJ) with over a decade of experience managing major newspapers in the country. Over the years, he has produced, to his credit, major research work and reported on critical issues ranging from politics, human rights and youth development. The 31 years old is owner of The Blade newspaper and Founder of Fontricia Children's Foundation - a child welfare organization for quality, affordable and accessible healthcare and education. Fonti has bagged a couple of awards as a social entrepreneur and journalist including the best human rights activist for 2016 in Sierra Leone in addition to two congressional recognition from the U.S Congress. He has received recognition as Best Journalist of the Year in 2012. Fonti is a servant leader and team worker who sets goals and ensure they are achieved.