A new radio drama series dubbed Umurage has been launched to raise awareness on child protection, gender-based violence, nutrition and family planning across the country.
Umurage — translated to mean inheritance for a better future, was produced under the supervision of Umurage Communications and Development, an affiliate of Population Media Centre (PMC), in collaboration with UNICEF.
Speaking at the official launch early this week, Jean Bosco Kwizera, the Umarage resident representative, said that the drama series look to protect children’s rights, and make sure communities increasingly get involved in solving gender-based violence, nutrition and family planning issues.
“I have total confidence that Umurage will play a big role in changing the community as I believe the talent of the actors in this drama will be instrumental in raising awareness on the targeted audience,” said Kwizera.
Gratien Niyitegeka, an actor in the popular Seburikoko TV Series, and Ben Ngaji, are among the over 30 actors expected to feature in the new radio drama series.
William N. Ryerson, the president of PMC, said the drama will have a big impact in solving the problems that the community faces, thanks to impressive innovations in the drama.
“There are many issues that are affecting the country that need the attention while solving them. The creativity which is shaping the drama is really remarkable and worth the recognition. I hope a number of innovative actors in this drama will have a hand in educating the community using their acting talent,” he said.
Umurage will be aired thrice a week on seven local radio stations, namely Radio Rwanda, Radio 10, City Radio, Isango Star, Salus, Radio Isangano, Radio Izuba and once a week on Radio Ishingiro.
It has 156 episodes which will be played in a period of 12 months starting this June, covering various themes aimed at promoting positive behavioral change around social, economic, and health issues portrayed in the local community.
“This is really an innovative and educative drama series which helps to promote positive heritage in communities which will undoubtedly build an environment free from violence against every child,” said Patricia Lim Ah Ken, the Chief of Child Protection Section at UNICEF.