Radio Shalom continues to make progress. We have completed about 65% of the installation work and we are now at the stage of registering the radio as a Company limited by guarantee with the office of the Administration General. This is necessary in order to meet the requirement of the Independent Media Commission (IMC) for the allocation for the radio frequency by National Telecommunication (NATCOM) the agency responsible for the allocation of frequency to radio and TV stations in Sierra Leone.
Radio Shalom will soon be disseminating messages for peace consolidation and national cohesion. This is significant and relevant to the Sierra Leonean situation as the country is divided along political, ethnic and regional lines after eleven years of civil conflict.
This peace radio station will seek to bring people to think as part of a nation create a forum to discuss national unity and peace, a public sphere for critical debate for conflict management, promotion of the rule of law, equity and good governance. The station will act as a catalyst for change in society through its education and information programmes. Special attention will be placed on vulnerable groups in society:
1. Women Programmes for marginalised women/women affected by the war and the underprivileged will require advocacy for women issues on a broader framework of peace education.
2. Youth Programmes for marginalised youth/youth affected by the war will advocate for youth empowerment within the broader framework of peace education.
3. Children's programmes for marginalised children, children affected by the war will require advocacy for children within a broader framework of peace education.
The staff of Radio Shalom is greatly looking forward to meeting these challenges and is immensely grateful for the support of people and communities from all over the world. Thank you!