African Parents To Broadcast Their Stories

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MEDIA RELEASE  |  27 February 2009

African parents to broadcast their stories

Multimedia stories of Sudanese and Central African families will form the

centrepiece of a new parenting information pack developed by Information and

Cultural Exchange (ICE) for the NSW Department of Community Services (DCS).

Under the Parenting Stories project, hundreds of Sudanese and Central African

families will contribute to discussions on parenting, and thousands more will

hear the stories broadcast on the radio or through multimedia information


Starting in February and funded through the NSW Department of Community

Services, the 12-month project will begin with story-sharing sessions with

refugees and recently arrived migrants as they deal with settlement, cross-

cultural issues and the new legal context.

Participants will then learn how to start from scratch to shape their stories into

radio pieces and online digital stories at ICE's Switch Multimedia and Digital Arts

Access Centre in Western Sydney. Using industry-standard equipment and

software, participants will develop skills in digital production, audio recording

and storytelling. 

The stories will be produced into broadcast-quality recordings for distribution

in five different community languages. ICE will distribute the packs widely,

targeting community and ethnic radio, interagencies, service providers,

community leaders and members. 

'This project will open discussion on parenting and the pressures on families

arriving from a completely different cultural context,' says Lena Nahlous,

Director of ICE. 'Many families are struggling and they don't know that others

face exactly the same problems and that there are resources out there to help.' 

Packs will include a CD recording of stories, as well as information and referral

resources. The campaign will be monitored and community feedback

encouraged to ensure the pieces receive regular airplay, and that the CD and

information packages reach their target audiences.

Place are still open for Sudanese and Central African families to get involved –

contact Saleh Saqqaf, Parenting Stories coordinator, on 9897 5744 or

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Contact Saleh Saqqaf at ICE on 02 9897 5744 or email

ICE receives core funding through Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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