Roma Radio Station “NISAVA”
BAHTALO DROM, Udruzenje Roma (BDROM) is a Roma association,
established in 1999 with idea to help Roma not to forget their own culture,
tradition and language and to help them to integrate into the society, but,
also, to provide humanitarian aid to local Roma and Roma refugees.
Supported by SOROS, BDUR
established nursery school “CIRIKLJA” (“Birds”) in December 2000. There
are two groups with 20 children each. We are very satisfied with this project
and we are trying to form two more groups.
In 2000, BDUR realized three
actions with support from SAVE THE CHILDREN (UK):
It is important to say, that, after NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, BDUR has
provided temporary accommodation for 80 Roma refugee families.
BDUR established the first Roma radio station in Yugoslavia
without support from any organizations. Radio station “Nisava” was
established to help Roma not to forget their own history, culture, language and
tradition and introduce them with Roma’s culture from the other parts of the
world. We think that it also plays very important role in education of young
Roma and helps them to integrate into society. At least, radio “NISAVA” is
the very first legal Roma’s radio station in Yugoslavia and the only one that
broadcast program different than music and commercials. With available broadcast
equipment, we cover area where live approximately 500 000 people with around 10
% Roma. We have 5 employees and 4 volunteers. Radio “NISAVA” weekly products
around 20 hours of program – about culture and language (“ROMANI KRIS”),
contact program with popular Roma (“AMARI RAT”), kids’ program in Roma
language (“AMARI BAH”) and daily news (“ABERI”). In the rest of the time
we broadcast music (Roma and Serbian).
Almost all of Roma in covered area listen to the radio station “NISAVA” and they are very satisfied because they, for the first time, have an opportunity to listen to the radio program in their own language and all of them think that establishing of this radio station was an important event for Roma society in this part of Yugoslavia. As project of radio “NISAVA” exceeded our expectations, we have therefore decided to ask your organization to support us to make it work even better. We want to rise production up to 50 hours per week and to cover broadcast area with around 4 million people (approximately 400 000 Roma).
The problem is the position of Roma, as a social
grouping, in society as a hole. Discrimination is evident in all stratas of
their social groupings due to general prejudice based on skin colour and a more
focused level of prejudice based on social and educational factors. The latter
point is particularly relevant considering that only a small number of the Roma
population finishes their secondary education, and only an irrelevant percentage
gets university degree. Among the rest, the project presents to the Roma
population the importance of education for developing and preserving the culture
of their social grouping, emancipation of women, education of the children,
all of which should be realized through live contact and entertainment
radio programs where the above mentioned could be directly implied. Roma would
express their interests on what they would like to hear in radio program through
the provided questionnaires, and this should enable direct influence of the Roma
population on the radio station's editing policy.
The target is, within BDUR as
well as the other projects established by this association, to improve the
social position of the Gypsy population, to enable informing those living in
south of Serbia on the situation in the country in general, particularly about
the questions highly relevant to their population, as much as to help
remembering and preserving the language, culture and tradition of this social
grouping. Enlargement of the broadcast area is the priority, together with
providing the minimal conditions for appropriate functioning of the radio
station, as well as the training of the staff. It has been evaluated that radio
"Nisava" should, in next two years, establish self-financing from the
commercials emitted in the commercial blocks. According to the plan, there would
be nineteen employees, paid from the project budget and from the incomes
realized through commercial program, while marketing agents would be paid
according to efficiency. For those without required working skills, a special
training for working with the equipment is being planned, which should be done
before the radio station starts broadcasting the program with new
We will broadcast News (Roma and
Serbian) at 7:00, 11:00, 14:00, 16:00, 23:00 (10 -15 minutes) and at 20:00 (20 -
30 minutes). All program listed bellow will be in Roma language.
1. So,kaj,sar? - What, Where, How? – One hour
One hour. Program about events
important for the local Roma community, talk about troubles and problem
solving questions with guests and listeners.
Schedule: 16:30; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
2. Amari Bah – Our Happiness
One hour. Kids’ talk show ,
one hour , “live on the air”, kids’ songs , poems, quiz questions . Awards
from sponsors for correct answers.
Schedule: 9:30; Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
3. Amari Rat – Our Night
One hour and a half.
Entertainment, jokes, Roma folk music, listeners' song requests....
Schedule: 20:30; Monday, Tuesday,
4. Amaro Gosto – Our Guest
One hour and a half. Talk show,
one or more wellknown guests.
Schedule: 18:30; Friday
5. Romani Kris – Debate
One hour and a half – two hours. Talk show about Roma culture, tradition, language, music... “live on the air” – questions and answers
Schedule: 20:30; Wednesday
6. Sastimos Amenge – About Health
One hour and a half. Guest (doctor
– pediatrician, gynecologist, internist...) talks about health troubles and
answers to the listeners’ questions.
Schedule: 18:30; Wednesday
7. Savore Ani Sikavini! – Let’s go to school!
One hour. Guest (teacher,
psychologist) talks about importance of going to school, benefits one who has
finished school has. Introduction with an interesting vocation.
Schedule: 12:00; Monday
8. Djuvljaki Rig – For Woman
One hour and a half. Gust,
“live on the air”, women’s talk....
Schedule: 18:30; Friday
9. Pis Paramicho – Fairy Tale
Fifteen minutes. Telling of a
Schedule: 19:00; Thursday,
10. Lafi Po Lafi – Word by Word
One hour and a half. Roma
language expert talks about Roma language, old words and phrases, “live on the
air – Did you know what ....... means?”
Schedule: 18:30; Sunday
11. Moto So Dzane! - Show what you know!
One hour and a half. Quiz,
awards from sponsors for the best competitors.
Schedule: 20:30; Saturday
12. Te Giljaba – Let’s sing!
Two hours. Guest, old and new
Roma songs, listeners sing “live on the air”....
Schedule: 20:30; Sunday
Meanwhile, commercials and music
(Roma and Serbian).
Thursday is kids’ day (more
kids’ songs, jokes...). After 19:00 normal program scheme.
P.O. Box, CH-8031