ACORAB Nepal organized a half day sharing program on 4th AMARC Asia-Pacific Regional Conference and Assembly and the sharing of deceleration paper held in Indonesia. The program was attended by the newly elected vice-president for AMARC Asia Pacific Mr. Subash Khatiwada, President of ACORAB, Mrs. Bharati Pathak, President of FECOFUN, Mr. Govinda Acharya, Chairman of Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Mr. Gnagadhar Prajuli, Chairman of MWFC, Mr. Suman Basnet, Regional Coordinator, AMARC-AP, Mr. Samir J Shah, and Nepal Press Union. Likewise other board member of ACORAB, Mr. Govinda Devkota, and General Secretary of ACORAB, Mr. Laxman Khadka, Treasure of AOCRAB, Arjun Rai, Vice-President and others were present.
The half day program was started by the opening speech by Mr. Suman Basnet, Co-coordinator of AMARC-AP. He felicitates and congratulated newly elected vice president Mr. Subash Khatiwada and wished best for his work tenure. He further shared about the program and briefed about the agenda of forceful migrant and its address through community radio, Formation and formulation of effective media act and policy and its influence on community as well as disaster mitigation and risk reduction.
Furthermore, Mr. Arjun Rai, vice-chairman of ACORAB, briefed Yogyarta Declaration Paper with 4 major points and 24 sub points.
Furthermore, Mrs. Bharati Pathak, President of FECOFUN congratulated Mr. Khatiwada and expressed her happiness to represent Nepal in such international al forum. She also shared the importance of local level organization to represent the local issues and shared to international platform. She pointed that community radios can play great role in transformation of local people and their life towards betterment and wished ACORAB to lead. Community radios have always been the access of communication to rural people.
Mr. Gangadhar Tuldhar focused in the importance of the depth discussion between the media organization like ACORAB AND BAAN as well as others stakeholders to make the media and community radios sustainable and give new direction to media basically community oriented media. Minimum wages allocation committee, government has allocated 25% increment in workers and laborers. Those media which are under the observation of government has also not been fulfilled the law and policy therefore in case of community radios, it was weak rots for its sustainability and the human resources are in fluctuation process. The minimum services allocated by the government should be implemented by the media.
Mr. Govinda Acharya, congratuled Mr. Khatiwada for new elected. The role and responsibility should be fulfilled from own side. The policy act formation and the discussion should be taken as campaign. The responsibility for new vice chairman has been increased and the media person is looking forward to fulfill the issues. As the community radios are known as voice of voiceless. Therefore we should focus in the creativity of addressing it. The government should pay more attention to provide the specific services for Community radios.
In Conclusion, Mr. Subash Khatiwada concluded the program with thanking for their attendance in this sharing program. He further expressed the sharing of different practices of different country Nepal has to learn lots of things. The youth and specially the women participation in today's media are hope for widening the work platform. The cities may have more access to information but the rural parts of Dopla and Humla need more medium of communication and radios to keep well informed. Therefore ACORAB should focus on quality ads well as necessary quantity of radios in rural parts. The government should identify the necessity and we should keep on lobbing for easily accessibility and accountability. ACORAB has been following the volunteering Journalism for Community Radios for its sustainability and inclusiveness.