The following article highlighting PMC’s new drama in Papua New Guinea, appeared in The National.
Drama on MDG to be aired soon
By Bosorina Robby
A US-based non-governmental organisation, in co-operation with the United Nations, will soon be airing radio serial dramas dealing with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2015 in an effort to accelerate the achievement process.
The programme is being carried out by Population Media Centre (PMC), which will be responsible for producing two radio dramas for broadcast nationwide in Tok Pisin and English.
The dramas will address a range of inter-related issues as an innovative approach for behaviour change in the country, raise awareness and encourage citizen participation in the promotion and delivery of the MDG.
PMC project co-ordinator Betty Oala said the drama series had 208 episodes, which will run over a two-year period.
The series aims at reflecting the realities of life in PNG and will feature character role models which will interest listeners to follow and be motivated to change their attitude and behaviour towards life.
They will be original radio dramas written and produced by Papua New Guinean nationals who will receive technical support and training from world renowned dramatic writers, producers, and communications professionals from both Hollywood and the developing world.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and PMC have also engaged local mobile phone company bemobile, as the major private sector sponsor for this programme.
UN resident co-ordinator David McLachlan-Karr yesterday said the programme was the start of a new mass campaign to get everyone working to towards achieving the MDGs.
He said PNG was not likely to achieve any of these goals before 2015.
Mr McLachlam-Karr said the UN was delighted by the sponsorship as it came at a time when it was looking at a partnership with the civil society and private sectors for development support.
The programme will be monitored throughout the duration of the project and a comprehensive evaluation will be conducted at the conclusion.
First pre-test airing of the dramas has been scheduled for November and the show will go on air next January.
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