UN radio programme talks on

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POPULATION media centre-PNG with the United Nations, other donors and corporate sponsors are planning the production of two-part radio drama series relating to the millennium development goals (MDG).
The production will include reproductive health, family planning, environment conservation, sustainable agricultural and marine practices, education, violence against women and elevating women’s status,
Each drama will be 208 episodes long.
One series will be in English and the other in Tok Pisin.
The scripts will be written by local writers who will be trained on how to develop radio drama using PMC’s sabido methodology.
PMC’s expert international trainers will conduct a three-week workshop for writers and producers this month.
PMC uses the reach of mass media and the power of drama and storytelling to stimulate behaviour change, Betty Oala, project director said.
She said PMC worked to build a collaborative process with broadcasters, government ministries, UN agencies and  non-governmental organisations to design and implement an effective media strategy for addressing health and environmental issues.  
The programme will be broadcast on several radio stations nationwide including national and provincial broadcasting stations.
The scripts will be written by local writers who will receive training on how to develop radio drama.
PMC’s expert international trainers are staging a three-week workshop in Port Moresby which began a week ago.
The workshop is for writers and producers.
Pre-testing of the pilot episodes will occur in November.
The programme will begin broadcasting early next year.