Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:28

Radio and Education: Where is the link?

Written by Pearl 102FM

Since its invention in 1895, radio has presented opportunities galore.
It did not just stop at sharing information or playing music but has transformed into a medium of effective communication for people all over the world. 

Amongst its many benefits, often overlooked is radio’s potential to educate and create a significant impression on young minds. “Radio creates dialogue, it is interactive: one listens and speaks,” said Michel Delorme on the importance of radio for children for UNESCO.

Understanding the role of radio in today’s day and age, radio stations such as Pearl 102FM have been created to meet a gap in the market, delivering valuable information to children, to fulfill a social responsibility to provide an interactive platform for children to express themselves who in turn will grow to contribute to their society, and most importantly, developing and shaping young minds through engaging content. 

But, what is the link between radio and education? How does a broadcast medium help develop young skill sets?

Dr. Lamya Tawfik, host of Mums Café, a weekly show on Pearl 102FM dedicated to mothers in the region, lists three reasons why radio is an effective and educational medium for kids to listen to.

Radio boosts language skills
At radio stations like Pearl FM, enunciation and clarity are key when it comes to hosting shows for kids. Being audible, understood and recognized as a medium of information delivery is important in helping children grasp words, sentences and register phonics. Special on-air features such as ‘Spelling Bee’ on Pearl FM directly engage with children and prompt them to spell words out loud. ‘The Kids Club’ show on Pearl, the first of its kind in the region where children take the lead on being hosts, discusses language and activities through listening, encouraging children to pay close attention and comprehend vocabulary used throughout the show.

Radio empowers decision making and instigates thought processes
With radio being fast-paced with presenters discussing a range of topics and songs consistently changing, listening to the radio empowers children to make decisions on who they like to listen to, what songs they enjoy, and which topic is of most interest to them. This in turn nurtures and develops personality as children explore their likes and dislikes, crucial for their development, especially in an early years setting. News shared on the radio also gets children thinking and analyzing what is happening around the world, instigating opinions.

Radio fosters imagination and creativity

With TV, magazines and books, children are exposed to visual content that supports audio conversation or text. But, with radio, children are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to identify what the presenters look like, or who they may sound like. This helps children with comprehension and creative writing skills in school.