Community Radio Provides Elderly a Platform to Have Their Voices Heard in rural Macha, Zambia

  • Gertjan van Stam Works Group
  • Fred Mweetwa Macha Works
Keywords: Information and Communications Technology, Community Radio, Civic Participation, Inclusion of Elderly


Preservation of (African) Intangible Cultural Heritage is an important part of healthy and sustainable progress of rural communities in Africa. Experience at Vision Community Radio Macha indicates that radio provides a platform for dissemination of cultural knowledge and wisdom in a community that operates mainly in primary orality. 

The most popular program at Radio Macha is one for which elderly people have organized themselves to facilitate a discussion program on culture. The program provides a beacon for identity in a community in flux in a fast changing world.