Namibia on Friday joined the rest of the world in celebrating the 10th anniversary of World Radio Day under the theme “New World, New Radio”.
Officiating at the annual event, here Friday, Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Emma Theofelus called on everyone to continue using and embracing the evolution of radio describing it as a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity.
She said radio constitutes a platform for democratic discourse and thus should be embraced.
“Radio has the power to promote positive change through solidarity of communities and countries. It has always been the medium that easily adapts to crisis situations. Right now, radio is fighting the overload of information, false or unverified information,” she said.
Theofelus also said that media consumption is increasing, together with the connection between presenters and listeners.
She further said the novel coronavirus pandemic could be used to study the implementation of distance online learning through bridging the digital divide in the education sector in order to reach marginalized learners by packaging educational material for radio.
Speaking at the same occasion, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative to Namibia, Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum said World Radio Day affirms the daily central role of radio as it is more than ever needed as a vector of freedom.
Moussa-Elkadhum added that the celebration of World Radio Day in Namibia is of great importance this year as it provides an opportunity to highlight the major role played by the large national radio network in the dissemination of key messages, in different local languages related to COVID-19, produced by the local government with the support of development partners.
“The celebration also underlines the pivotal role played by the radio network to promote reliable information as a common good. This relates very well with the theme of the 2021 World Press Freedom Day which Namibia will host on 13 May to also celebrate 30 years of the Windhoek Declaration, under the theme ‘Information as a public good’, Moussa-Elkadhum said.
World Radio Day is celebrated annually on 13 February.