20 May 2011

Scriptwriters of PNG radio soap operas undergo training

10:32 am on 20 May 2011

A group of scriptwriters who've been working on two radio soap operas in Papua New Guinea are this week undergoing training on how to better convey sensitive social issues through the medium.

The Pidgin drama series Nau Em Taim or Now is the Time and the English radio drama Echoes of Change, are being broadcast weekly on FM 100 radio until 2013 as part of the Millenium Development Goals Radio Programme.

The Project Director for the Population Media Centre, Betty Oala says the scriptwriters are being encouraged on how to create storylines which empower women and warn of the risks of contracting HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

"There are two storylines on women empowerment, there are youth issues, for example, unprotected sex, alcohol and drugs. So we have two storylines on youth and one storyline on marine conservation and another one storyline on the issue of mining."

Betty Oala says each storyline is true to life and she hopes listeners will identify with the characters and learn from them.