Find out more about FREIRAD and its contribution to the projects proceeding. Listen to the statement of Carolin Vonbank and Markus Schennach, or read what they say about their organization, its role in the project and their expectations.
“Since all broadcasters are producing their shows on a voluntary basis, FREIRAD sees itself as a best practice example of how volunteering can be used as an instrument for integration.”
Markus Schennach, Carolin Vonbank FREIRAD
Vonbank | 04/07/18 | english version | 03:07min
Schennach | 04/07/18 | german version | 03:15min
FREIRAD – Freies Radio IBK – is a Free Radio with Open Access. We invite as many people as possible to bring their themes and content on air themselves. This appeal is directed particularly at individuals and groups that are largely ignored by established media. In this way we aim to counteract social marginalisation. We offer a great variety of formats, cultures, generations and languages and see FREIRAD as a platform for information, music and experiments. FREIRAD is a non-profit, non-commercial and transparent project, organised as an association and carried by the programme makers and other committed individuals on a voluntary base. More than 450 broadcasters regularly create over 100 programmes in 14 languages for this station. Their work ensures a great diversity of form and content for this station.
Our Role in the VAI project
Since all broadcasters are producing their shows on a voluntary basis, FREIRAD sees itself as a best practice example of how volunteering can be used as an instrument for integration. FREIRAD is very happy to participate as a workpackage leader as the project’s objectives match perfectly FREIRAD’s focus on the topic of social integration and active participation. Our role in this phase of the VAI project is to ensure together with Initiative Minderheiten the Dissemination of the projects existence and its main messages and contents. FREIRAD will also be contributing to the 10 pilot actions that are planned for the upcoming phase of the VAI project. A radio show will be organised, giving space and voice to the TCN’s that will volunteer to act as instrument for and indicator of integration.
We hope that the VAI project will contribute against obstacles such as stereotypes and prejudice against TCN’s and we believe that migrant volunteering can be used as an act of social inclusion. FREIRAD has been working with volunteers for more than 15 years. We see the benefits that a diverse and open-minded society can bring and believe that VAI’s approach is a very constructive one in the long term. A European wide network constituted of different volunteering associations and social and cultural organizations is indispensable for the success of finding better solutions concerting the topic of migration and integration in a democratic European society of inclusion.