This is Bhutanese Youthsâ radio program project funded by Department of Communities and Families through MYSA MYDF funding program (currently until June 2013). In this project a group of Bhutanese Youths deliver a weekly Nepali language radio show from Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM every Sunday 1-2 PM. Yuba Sansar is not a register entity but functions under the auspice of the Bhutanese community organisation BAASA. However, all decisions and activities carried out under this project are by youths aged 17-30 years.
This project is aimed to entertain, educate and empower the Bhutanese community youths through the radio program by airing songs and music of their liking and promoting extensive awareness on youth related issues and other important life skill and knowledge. For this, a group of Bhutanese youth worked hand in hand to produce a radio program targeted to youths of Bhutanese community to help address youth issues, showcase young talents, share experiences and stories, and explore means for their healthy integration into the mainstream multicultural Australian society, while extending friendship amongst other existing communitiesâ younger generation.
The project played a significant role by allowing the Bhutanese youth to participate, to interact and to exchange ideas and views that benefit the youth members of our community. The program helped to identify and promote presentation skills and talents existing amongst the Bhutanese youth. It attempted to involve youths in youthsâ issue in order to look for creative solutions. This project endeavoured to cover most of the social, cultural and economical issues from the youth perspective, like, searching and show casing the talents among Bhutanese youths, sports and recreations, education and language, trigger and trauma, exposition and integration, safety and security, monetary and budgeting issues amongst youths and so on.
Youth Activities: This segment is similar to news segment. But the news we are including in this segment is about current youth activities from the globe.
It helps our youth to think, realize and helps to change their behavior to do such amazing work. It keeps on updating our youths with youth activities around the world. Youth activities motivate our youth to struggle hard, in order to reach others stature.
Inspirational Stories: In this segment we are broadcasting about great personalityâs life history or biography. We are discussing about their childhood life, youth life and their achievements. For examples we talk about Madame Curie, Albert Einstein, and A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Thomas Edison etc.
This type of inspirational stories helps our listeners to know about their struggling life. Most of our youth are thinking that they are from refugee background so that they cannot do great job as others do. Such youths will get good motivation form inspirational stories. They slowly build themselves to go forward in order to achieve good goals in future. Most of our listeners tune our radio due to this segment too.
Event info: In this segment we are providing information about current event with in South Australia.
It helps our listeners to know about current event with in South Australia. Due to event info segment many listeners get good chance to participate in program. For examples they got chance to view womadelaide, Adelaide fringe festival, Adelaide show, Sports, Musical Programs etc.
Interview with youth talent / seniors: In this segment we are interviewing our youth talent or seniors. We used to conduct interview from youth talent who lives with in Australia from our community.
It motivates our youth to work hard in coming days too. It also helps our youth to get good position in educational sectors or in any field. Even primary school students are working hard to get good achievement in any field. They think that if they achieve good results than they will get chance to talk in radio. So their friend around the world who are there in many countries after resettlement can listen their voices via internet. So they are working hard.
Sometimes we will interview our seniors who are above 65 because we donât have many youth talent so that we can interview them in every episode. We are interviewing our seniors asking about their life history and their youth activities while they were in Bhutan. This helps our youth to know about our home country Bhutan and its culture, tradition etc.
Community Announcement: We provide community announcement to aware our community. This announcement helps our listeners to know about free training, seminars, gathering etc. There is increased number of participants in some areas after our program Yuba Sansar started broadcasting. Our listeners got good benefit due to community announcement.
Information Segment: In this segment we discuss about day-to-day related topic which is very important to our listeners who started a new life in Australia.
We used to discuss day to day related topic like how to apply in University, TAFE and other related institution. About job search and interview technique related web sites, social network and its merits and demerits, health and beauty tips, sports and exercise etc.
Music: We play only Nepali language music in between the segments. In a few occasions, we have used Dzongkha music.
This helps our music lover to tune on our radio easily. When they will tune on in our MHz then they will be more interested to listen radio due to our verities of segment which knowing or unknowingly, they will gain something till some episodes. After that when they start listening those segments they will not forget our radio time to tune on.
Sometimes, Yuba Sansar broadcasts Special program too. We broadcasted first special radio program on 17th June 2012. The Program was about Live Musical Program. We celebrate on the successful broadcast of 100 days. This special program was the live performance from our youth musical talents. We will be broadcasting some other special program in coming days too. This type of special program helps our listeners to carter different flavour which obviously increases the number of listeners in our show.
Yuba Sansar has become primary source of information, information and inspiration for Bhutanese community youths. We have listeners not only from Adelaide and Australia but from around the world, who listen us live online or through our website during their free time. Since the program is available on iTunes, it has become much easy for listeners to tune in through smart phones while on way.
Bhutanese Australian Association of South Australia (BAASA) delegated us for organizing cultural event to mark Teej, the biggest festival of Nepali women. Yuba Sansar successfully hosted the program. We have received positive feedback and commendations from community members for being a leader in organizing community events as well.
The most important achievement is, of course, a national recognition by National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcastersâ Council (NEMBC). We have received this yearâs Multicultural Youth Program of the Year Award in recognition to our contribution to educating and empowering young Bhutanese. This reflects that we have excelled in addressing the most youths related issues. In 2013, we were the finalists in the NEMBC awards.
Similarly, our contribution to empowerment and educating the youths was recognized by MYSA. We are proud to be honoured by MYSA this year.