MACRA and the Malawi National Office for UNESCO led Malawians in celebrating World Radio Day in Mchinji, under the theme “Dialogue, Tolerance and peace”.
World Radio Day is commemorated each year on the 13th of February.
Speaking at the multiparty liaison committee panel discussion on the role of radio in promoting dialogue, tolerance and peace, MACRA’s DG, Godfrey Itaye, asked radio stations in the country to use the deliberative power they hold to bring Malawians together ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.
Among the activities held was a debate on the role of youth in using radio as a tool of preventing violence during elections.
The highly engaging debate pitted Mchinji Secondary School against their neighbors Magawa.
Students from the two schools condemned politicians’ use of the youth as weapons of violence during elections and called upon young people in the country to use their demographic dividend to boldly reject violence and use the radio as a voice that promotes a spirit of tolerance.
The debate, which ended in a tie, was aired on the Mchinji local community radio station, Mudziwathu.
MACRA presented computers to Magawa and Mchinji Secondary Schools and the host community radio station, Mudziwathu, was also a beneficiary of the computer donation.
The following are some pictorial highlights of the remarkable day.