RX Radio promotes intergenerational dialogue between the children attending the Hospital, their families and the health workers, as well as child-to-child dialogue between children patients and other children in the community.
Life Skills and Child Participation
A developmental training process, facilitated quarterly over a period of a week is designed to enable children to express themselves in a safe environment and to engage with those around them. Through participatory activities children build self-confidence and the necessary trust with each other and with the facilitators to speak about their experiences and tell their own stories.
It is amazing to hear children’s insight and understanding of issues that affect them. The problem is that adults seldom listen to what children have to say – and more often than not, they make assumptions about what the children need and what they want. RX Radio provides a platform for children to participate and engage with the hospital community and the community at large.
Children learn a range of basic communication and technical skills necessary for the production of personal radio stories such as story telling, using field recorders and interviewing techniques. After the foundation phase children participate in further training in different programme formats, more advanced production techniques, producing and anchoring live shows, among other things. These children will become integral to the functioning of RX Radio.
RX Radio is one of the first hospital radio stations by and for children. RX Radio has been established under the auspices of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Facility Board. We began operations on the 1st of December 2016.
The initiative aims to create a platform for communication between hospitalised children, their families, and the health services by providing patients with the skills and support to produce and broadcast radio programmes across the hospital.
Live magazine-format shows, anchored by children in the hospital, will entertain and engage other patients. Shows will include programmes pre-recorded and produced by patients about their experiences and interests, programmes produced for children, music, as well as interactive games, competitions, dedications and discussions in which children can participate on air from their hospital beds.
In conclusion, in the next two years, we will provide approximately 80 chronically ill children with the skills to produce and broadcast programmes about their experiences to the broader hospital community, give health workers and family members important new insights into a hospitalised child’s unique perspective, and provide vital emotional support and mental stimulation to thousands of ill children during their stay at the hospital.
Radio made by and for children
Reaching the entire hospital community
Training children producers and presenters
Emotional support and stimulation for ill children
Dr. Gabriel Urgoiti
We broadcast in the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital and Online
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