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Educating and Entertaining Through Radio

Dominikus, 22, from Indonesia, has dreamt of being a radio presenter since he was a child. Now, his dream has become a reality with the support of Plan International and he is using his programme to educate as well as entertain.

Since I was a child I have loved listening to the radio and dreamt of being a radio presenter.

In Indonesia, radio is a low-cost, useful communication tool. We all listen to the radio.

When I was 16, I was given the opportunity to train in radio broadcasting, thanks to one of Plan International Indonesia’s media projects. There was a community radio station named FAS FM (Forum Anak Sikka) and I was one of the announcers – it was a dream come true.

Dominikus now has his own radio show

As my school studies intensified, I had to take a break from radio broadcasting, but my love for it never stopped - and neither did my dream of one day becoming a professional radio broadcaster.

Once I completed my education, I went to a university and in between my studies I applied for a part-time job at a radio station. Thanks to my training from Plan, I was successful and I became a permanent DJ on Radio Rogate FM.

I have been working at the radio station for over three years and I have learnt so much! It ties in well with my studies, as I have been able to improve my presentation skills. I also feel much more knowledgeable having worked with people from all different backgrounds.

I love the power of radio. It is a way to get new information in a fast, cheap and entertaining way. The listenership for my show is mainly families and people from all ages tune in.

One of the most popular shows is called Kata Kota Kita (What Our City Says), in which the people can share information and issues regarding their city such as garbage, water, city spatial planning and activities, plus they can interact with the announcer.

I also present a radio programme about youth and adulthood called Pojok Keluarga (Family Corner). It is a powerful tool for communities as it tackles issues around family life.

World Radio Day 2015 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the power of radio and the impact it can have on young people. Radio has really helped my life and I have been able to widen my perspective on a range of topics.

I am now a member of Plan International Indonesia’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP), where I have received a wealth of media training, plus it has given me a platform to learn more and talk about the importance of child rights.

Most of all, thought, it has taught me how radio can be used for educational purposes as well as for entertainment.