As a graduate of journalism school and now, media trainer and researcher, I couldn't think of a more worthy venture than a students radio. Every year, up to 1000 students graduate from journalism schools in Uganda without any practical knowledge on how to find, package and disseminate stories. That affects how stories are told and consequently, media professionalism and excellence suffers. A student's radio would go a long way in changing this unfortunate trend by aptly preparing journalists especially in a country where radio is the main means of mass communication.
Thank you for taking off time to review and give advise on how best we can improve the idea. Your proposal most definitely helps us answer Joshua's concerns (below) about an exit strategy for the children after they have outgrown the Resource Centres. We have taken note and as part of growing our already existing networks, we shall emphasize links with corporate organisations, individuals and schools to support children from these centres through bursaries and scholarships.
Thank you for reviewing the idea. Most definitely, we would love to give more prominence to the parents in our program considerations and we shall ensure that we try to cater for them. Please see the box in the bottom right corner of our illustration diagram of the Community Resource Centre for some of the programs that we propose for the parents, to see if it addresses the concerns you raise and advice on how we can improve on them.
As for the curriculum and exit plan, it is my understanding that these centres are meant to be 'starting points' where the children get the very basic in literacy, and social support to enable prepare them and their parents for formal schooling.
Think of these centres as innovative support Kindergarten centres for vulnerable children and information centres for their parents and guardians to enable them have a push towards Primary school and a normal, happy childhood.
We hope to incorporate the idea of invitations to people from outside the communities that you point out in No. 2 above but as part of our sustainability and confidence building, we shall let the benefiting communities decide who gets invited, how and why, so that the management of the centres is fully in the hands of the communities, leaving us to play a supporting/advisory role.