25 September 2013, Dhaka. Community Radio Pollikontho (99.2 FM), an initiative of BRAC Community Empowerment Programme (CEP), has been awarded the Meena Media Award 2013. The award, organised by UNICEF, honors both print and electronic streams for their outstanding work in promoting child rights using the respective medium.
BRAC’s community radio, based in Moulvibazar district, took part in the competition with its programme “Alor Bhuban” (enlightened world) which won the second position under Radio Category-Creative Programme. Radio Today and Bangladesh Betar were awarded first and third position respectively.
Senior Station Manager Md. Mehedi Hasan received the award from Honorable Minister, Ministry of Information Hasanul Haque Inu at a ceremony in the capital's Hotel Ruposhi Bangla, Dhaka yesterday on the occasion of Meena Day. The first, second, and third award recipients received Tk 50,000, Tk 25,000 and Tk 15,000 respectively along with a crest & certificate. UNICEF Bangladesh representative Pascel Villeneuve, UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors, actress Mousumi & magician Jewel Aich, were present on the occasion.
The Meena Media Award was introduced by UNICEF in 2005 to celebrate excellence in both print and electronic media on child rights issues. More than 500 reports & programmes, both in print and electronic media, were submitted to the authorities this year on six categories.
Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2 FM, was launched in 2011 at Moulvibazar district with the aim to increase access to information and also strengthen grassroots voice, especially of women. The radio station covers a radius of 17 kilometers reaching nearly 400,000 rural people of the four sub districts of Moulvibazar district broadcasting 8 hrs a day. The programmes are designed to address socio-economic issues within the community, prioritising on women and children. Currently, 690 listeners clubs have been formed to ensure greater community engagement with the radio station. Earlier in July this year, Radio Pollikontho was also awarded the first position in Family Planning Media Award 2012-2013 competition organised by Family Planning Directorate of Ministry of Health & Family Planning, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in cooperation with UNFPA.