Original teaching materials reflecting a variety of cultural aspects
|"We were anxious to find out what would become of Yasir," said the children who listened to the prototype of our radio drama. They enjoyed the content. (Kassala, February 2013)|
A radio drama, based on a flip chart show made by AAR, is aired.Furthermore, in October 2013, in order to provide information for those who live in remote areas where AAR staff cannot reach, we started to air a radio drama based on the teaching materials used in our sessions. Before deciding on the content, we asked the villagers and the children to listen to a sample broadcast and incorporated their feedback in the making of our drama. At first, the AAR staff themselves recorded the drama, but after we heard someone say, "The children's voices sound unnatural," we decided to ask professional voice actors to do the recording. We recorded the drama in two languages because, in Kassala, not only Arabic but also Hadendawa is spoken. From October 2013 to December 2013, the Arabic version was aired each morning, while the Hadendawa version aired once a week. From February 2014, we are planning to air the drama in five additional languages.
|Receiving feedback on the script from elementary schoolchildren. (February 2013)|
|We asked the students to give their feedback while playing the drama. (February 2013)|
The tale of Yasir and Hanan
Hanan decides to rush home and ask their Dad to stop her brother, but on her way home, she hears a large explosion. "Yasir!" She runs home in tears and tells her Dad what has happened. Dad makes a report about the accident to the governmental anti-landmine organization. A rescue team arrives at the site of the accident and carries Yasir to the hospital, but he ends up losing one of his legs.
In the last scene, Yasir, who has been discharged, says, "Look what has happened to me. This is because I didn't listen to the advice by adults or my sister. I lost my leg. You should listen to what other people say and never go near something unknown or touch it. You should always use the same route. You should report to adults whenever you find something strange."
Quiz show on LandminesFor the purpose of informing the local people of the risks involved in landmines and UXOs, the radio station in Kassala, where this radio drama is aired, invited the AAR staff to a live show lasting for 45 minutes. The program host asked them some questions about the measures against landmine/UXO, and our staff gave answers. On November 24, they had a quiz show, where the host asked the listeners if they knew the signs that show where a landmine or UXO remained. In Sudan, they have the following four signs, and those who answered two correct ones were given prizes.
(1) A red, square sign with the picture of a skull and the words “Danger! Landmines!”
(2) A read, triangle sign with the picture of a skull and the words “Danger! Landmines!”
(3) A stone painted in red and white
(4) A tape painted in red and white
|AAR staff were invited to a live radio program. (November 24th, 2013)|
But only two gave the correct answer. Now that we have realized that the local people were not given enough information about th danger signs of landmines and UXO, we are determined to emphasize this point during our information sessions as well as through the teaching materials we create.
|The radio show host (in the center, front row) and the AAR staff. Sanaa (left in the second row) in charge of developing teaching materials, Yousif and Amaeim in charge of sessions. (November 24th, 2013)|
This project was made possible through your generous contributions and the Joint Humanitarian Fund organized by UNOCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).