Minority Language Radio Project for HIV/AIDS, Trafficking and Drug Abuse Prevention in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS)
- Responsible Organisations: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (International Organisation)
- ILO Regions: Asia and the Pacific
- Country(ies): Cambodia; China; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Thailand
- Thematic areas: Protection
- MLFLM: 8.; 9.(a),(b),(c); 11.
Based on fifteen years of extensive research and fieldwork, UNESCO has developed a unique and innovative methodology for producing culturally appropriate radio programmes in minority languages. These programmes provide a means to educate youth and young women from ethnic minority groups on three interrelated problems: HIV/AIDS, trafficking/unsafe migration and non-traditional drug abuse. The primary programming format is research-based 'soap operas', using themes based on actual experiences and real life stories, which are relevant to the lives of the targeted audience. This UNESCO methodology has been used to produce radio programmes in Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and China. Since 2004, dramas have been produced in 13 minority languages: Naxi, Wa, Jingpo, Lahu, Akha, Shan, Tai Neua, Yi, Tai Lue, Hmong, Kmhmu, Brao, and Kreung, reaching tens of thousands of listeners. In 2011, two of the radio dramas were transformed into highly successful televisions dramas, one in the Akha and the other in the Wa language. In addition to the radio dramas, UNESCO, Lahu performers in Thailand and Myanmar, and the New Life Centre Foundation in Chiang Mai collaborated on the production of a Lahu Pop Song Album. This is the first musical album to address the global issues of HIV/AIDS, human trafficking and drug abuse from the perspectives of minorities.