The project tries to combine the actual production and distribution of multimedia-stories from Africa with a sustainable intercultural exchange, realised through the establishment of an internship/training-scheme that will allow media-students from the South and the North to work together on radio- & Internet-features from the developing world and to distribute such co-productions to a worldwide audience.

Such an experience will help to influence professional attitudes of participants

from the South who will have learned to use formats for their issues which enhance the creativity and technical realisation necessary - not only for international marketing and mobilisation of interest of audiences beyond their own cultural environment - but will also facilitate the development of media in their own countries.

from the North who will be more sensitized to authentic expressions from the South. They will be more prepared to allow space for other values than their own; the usual filter of Northern biases regarding Southern issues will be applied less often in a situation where they may become responsible for programming.

It is intended to establish two Centres for Multimedia Communication, one in Africa and one in Europe, and to link both for operation of a joint internship/training-scheme which will generate multimedia & multilingual content for radio & Internet.


  Radio Bremen is a member station of the association of public broadcasters in Germany (ARD). Radio Bremen’s studio within the "Columbus Centre" in Bremerhaven / Germany has been suggested as the Northern training-, production- & German/European broadcasting facility of the multimedia-project.
  MWENGO is a Zimbabwe-based Development and Reflection Centre for NGOs in Eastern and Southern Africa, operating Radio Bridge Overseas (RBO) as the project’s multimedi-agency. MWENGO has already acquired a hotel-complex north of the Zimbabwean capital Harare of which the 19th-century "Coach-House" will be turned into a regional multimedia production- and training facility, as Southern Base of the suggested Multimedia-Bridge.
  The Goethe-Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the co-ordinating centre of all Goethe-Institutes in Subsahara Africa. It is prepared to participate in a pilot project which aims to establish an exchange of cultural multimedia programming through the involvement of a growing number of Goethe Institutes in Internet-related training courses for media-students living within their constituencies.

Additional parties from within and from outside of Africa and Europe will be offered an opportunity to join the scheme. Organisations and enterprises within and beyond the field of direct media involvement - that is in particular those whose mandate it is to offer services in intercultural work, in education and in development policies - are invited to seek partnership with the project.


This is the intended 12-weeks-schedule of one cycle of the combined training/internship- & production-scheme in Europe and in Africa. 10 such cycles may be realised during the 3 years of the pilot-project.

  = curriculum
  = in Europe
  = in Africa

Radio Bremen-Studio
Columbus Centre
Bremerhaven, Germany

• introduction &
preparation of internship
1 media-student from Germany 1 media-student from another European country
Selected Goethe-Institute
Southern or Eastern Africa
WEEK 2 - 5
• introduction to local environment
& current Goethe-programming
• development of story-ideas
• production of multimedia content
• filing of material to RBO via Internet
The same media-student from Germany

The same media-student from another European country
2 media-students as African interns selected & invited by the hosting Goethe-Institute
Radio Bridge Overseas
Studio Harare & Coach House
Bindura, Zimbabwe
WEEK 6 - 10
• 2 x production of 4 audio-stories, each 5 minutes of duration, German version, to be filed through Internet for broadcast at Radio Bremen
• production of 3 x 15’-audio digests in English to be offered worldwide through Internet
• permanent updating of Internet-portal
The same media-student from Germany

The same media-student from another European country
2 ISP*-journalists as African interns attached to RBO by the respective Goethe-Institute

*ISP = local Internet Service Provider
Radio Bremen-Studio
Columbus Centre
Bremerhaven, Germany
WEEK 11 & 12
• concluding 55’-LIVE-presentation with public audience at Radio Bremen’s Bremerhaven Studio
• working off & introduction of next interns
The same media-student from Germany
together with 1 successor
in week 12
The same media-student from another European country
together with 1 successor
in week 12


As shown above, programming for radio and Internet will follow 3-month-cycles of the combined training/internship- & production-scheme in Europe and in Africa. The actual training & production phase will last for 30 months, with one radio program in each month.

German broadcast of "Das Goethe-Netzwerk" / 30 radio-programs:

Broadcasting may take place once a month during a 55-minute-time-slot on one of Radio Bremen’s four radio-channels. Efforts will be made to enter into agreements of co-operation with other radio-stations to have the program broadcast in other parts of Germany and German-speaking regions of Europe as well.

At the end of week 4 and of week 8 of each cycle, the Southern project-team will file through Internet from the RBO-studio in Harare, Zimbabwe, to Radio Bremen’s studio in Bremerhaven, Germany, up to four 5-minute-audio-stories, German version.

The Northern project-team will incorporate these 4 audio-features in a monthly 55-minute-program, and will add own research, stories & interviews, thereby providing European and German context to African issues and offering bridging elements to individual experiences of German/European radio-listeners. Focus will be on initiatives of "Local Agenda 21"-issues. The program will always update a calendar of cultural events and reviews of recently published CD’s, books etc. which are relevant to the concept of the project’s programming.

At the end of week 12 of each cycle, programming on air will be concluded with a 55’-LIVE-presentation in the shopping mall in front of Radio Bremen’s studio at the Columbus Centre of Bremerhaven. The public will be invited to interact with interns and guests of the show; some interviewees might be accessed through Internet at a venue of the hosting Goethe-Institute in Africa.

Multilingual coverage of "The Goethe-Network" on Internet:

Digests of the audio programming ("The best of…") will be available in English at the end of week 4, 8 and 12 of the cycle through the project’s Internet-portal. Stories of the German version audio-magazine will also be available for Internet-programming.

The website of the project’s Internet-portal will provide interactive elements which may be used for contributions and feedback of the public.

Participating Goethe-Institutes will encourage their African interns to continue with story-telling by forming clubs or small media enterprises which make available relevant multimedia content of the project to their communities, with a feedback to the project’s Internet-portal.

Local Internet Service Providers, who were offered a chance to participate in the internship-program, will be requested to support uploads of multimedia-content for processing at the RBO-studio in Zimbabwe, and to handle downloads for distribution of audio-digests to radio stations within the constituencies of respective Goethe-Institutes.