The UNESCO Chair on Community Media, with support from Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi, will conduct two workshops towards building the capacities of Peers for self-assessment using the Community Radio-Continuous Improvement Toolkit (CR-CIT).  The toolkit, which is already in the public domain, has been designed to assist Community Radio stations in undertaking periodic self-assessment of performance and take necessary steps to strengthen individual radio stations, the personnel working with them, and the sector as a whole. The toolkit was field-tested in India and Bangladesh and a revised version is now available in English and Hindi.

The training workshops will be held for 15 peers each, with the following objectives:

  • Enable CR Stations to make best use of CR-CIT
  • Promote a culture of co-learning within the CR community
  • Facilitate understanding of the self-assessment and peer review process of CR-CIT
  • Inculcate appreciation of the core principles of CR as enshrined in the nine parameters of CR-CIT
  • To develop a cadre of peer reviewers with appropriate skills to facilitate administration of CR-CIT

15 CR stations from across India will participate in the first workshop to be held between October 8 and 10, 2014 in Hyderabad. The participants, trained at the workshop, will go through an assessment and certified as Peers. Their names will appear on the CEMCA, UNESCO Chair and the CITCOP websites.