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Storyboard workshops at Tataba and Sigana, May 2009

David Leeming, consultant, with Ellison Gito, Youth Coordinator IPG, Fraser Bako, FM operator for Buala, and Clifton Bazil, Commerce Officer IPG visited Tataba and Sigana (and briefly Kolotubi) between 23rd and 30th June 2009.

One-day workshops were held at each village to develop storyboards for content development for the community radio, for the Phase 2 of the project.

Youtube of the workshops, Tababa and Sigana Community radio and Email stations

Workshop activities

The workshop agendas (briefly) consisted of:

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  1. In four groups, select and discuss one of the four themes chosen for content development at the March workshop. In terms of the local views and impacts, identify some specific topics to develop community programmes, which are of relevance interest to the local communities.
  2. Introduction to storyboards. Some of the attendees were already familiar with this, from the SIDT workshop.
  3. Introduction to the various types of content formats and modes available
    • Interviews
    • Discussion and debates, with talk back
    • Narratives
    • Storytelling
    • Drama
    • Music and song lyrics
    • Wikieducator articles
  4. Continuing in the groups, develop storyboards for at least one of the specific topics and present to the group.

List of participants

The following participated


Name Position
Chris Havi Youth Coordinator for Tataba Ward
John Durani FM and Email operator
Tony Assistant operator
Robert Guare Chairman, Community media committee
Ben Talovunagi Secretary, Committee and Village Chief
Carolyn Badi Assistant Youth Coordinator
Salet Vaelyn Youth Member
Susan Mareta Youth member
Mary Alistan Youth Member
Wandil Haiv Youth Member
Ellison Gito Youth Coordinator, Isabel Province
Fraser Bako Buala FM Operator (and expert canoe driver!)


See list in the gallery below (18 participants)


At Kolotubi the FM radio has been inactive for one year due to a fault. It is now fixed. However, there is no Youth Coordinator and the FM committee needs to be reformed. The team met with and briefed the operators Selwyn and Janet, and the IPG Youth Coordinator is to help reorganise the committee and youth representatives. It is noted that there is a lot of interest in the station in the community, which is also large in a fast developing part of Isabel with industrial potential.


Networking with the wider community was discussed, and the participants noted the following possibilities for collaboration and thus obtaining support and assistance with content development:

  • Youth stakeholders such as participating members of SIDT have capacities such as script writing, drama, etc.
  • Rolley Bogese, Isabel musician, has volunteered to help develop musical content, i.e. by recording music for lyrics developed by communities about the issues
  • Guguha DLC can aid communities by creating Wikieducator articles and uploading audio content that communities can share
  • One idea already very demonstrable was to share local community news between stations. See the Youtube (above), for illustration of Sigana community radio presenting local community news
  • Text based ideas and content (storyboards, community news, lyrics, drama scripts, transripts etc) can be shared by PFnet email. Audio content can be burned on CD and forwarded to other stations and to Guguha for uploading.

On Thursday 4th June, we held a very useful one day workshop in Honiara , to look at the storyboards that were developed in Tataba and Sigana, and to see how the expanded community can assist in their development. Jody, Ender, Nelson and Andy attended from SIDT and Andre from MWYCA, plus Patteson Khana, Chairman of Susubona, whom we were fortunate to have in Honiara. The workshop venue and lunch was provided by CYP.

The workshop produced the modified, improved storyboards shown below.

Our friends at the workshop have elaborated on the storyboards, for instance SIDT are offering to script the drama in Storyboard 3, after we indicate what the Sigana community wants from the drama. This shows the value that networking and collaboration add to such an endeavour.

We will have another one day workshop on 17th when we can hopefully start to pull things together.

The equipment funded by CSP is arriving, and we will be able to equip ALL the FM stations very soon. Sigana email equipment to reconnect them this week.

David is traveling to Isabel again between 6th and 13th to start the communities on the actual content development. Susubona, Kolotubi and Lelegia communities (Youth Coordinators and FM operators, plus Patteson) will be coming down to the Sigana workshop.

This will be updated soon (written 6th June 2009).

Storyboard outputs from Sigana and Tataba, modified and improved by participants at the CYP workshop

Sigana Group 1

Conservation and concerns about shortage of natural sea resources

  • People are noticing shortage of sea resources like shell fish which move slowly
  • Youths concerned as they and future generations need these resources for livelihoods
  • One example is the trochus shell, sold for use in carvings and important cash income
  • Sea level rise also a concern
  • Land based resources also affected such as wild pigs, possums, all custom foods now in short supply
  • Land owners must be educated to preserve livelihood opportunities for young people
  • This can be transcribed and an educational Wikieducator article made of it (by Guguha DLC)

Sound effects of sea etc
Music Presenter introduces Pre-recorded interviews about sea resources Narrative about why sea resources should be conserved Community opinions Summary by presenter Music – theme song
Theme song recorded by Sigana Presenter interviews 2 community reps with good story telling skills and knowledge of the issues
  • Interview marine officers
  • Andre/SIDT to record and burn/upload etc
  • Honiara and Buala
  • Interview fishermen about harvesting, the ones who are taking the resources
  • Researching background info in Internet (Guguha)

The narrative will refer to the previous interviews and also the UNDP conservation project might provide some input and ideas into this component. Networking with Moses via email will help.

  • MWYCA – essays, poems etc from school / youth competitions organised by Ministry/CYP/HCC to be sent to Google Group
  • Isabel stations can share info on the topic
  • SIDT programme Communities and Coast – Ender to facilitate copying some info to the GG in text form;
  • David to help SIDT upload advice to Wikieducator / with Guguha

With some good lessons learned to educate the community
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Sigana Group 2 developed from original idea by Tataba

Reviving our customs – high lighting customs that are special to Isabelians. This can be a regular program.

  • Can highlight special customs in a regular series of programs
  • Community can be consulted to choose customs to highlight
  • Results can be transcribed and an archive of educational articles about Isabel customs created on the Wikieducator
  • Tataba selected "Gria" custom fishing using a team with a leader with passed-on custom knowledge, uses a net made of bush vine to catch offshore bonito tuna
  • Also selected by Tataba was custom pudding, a food that has a place in ceremonies associated with land rights etc
  • This addresses the concerns of elders that customs are eroded by changes in culture often perceived to be introduced by young people
  • Ender / Jody have some specific questions to guide the interviewer (will copy to email group), also will interview specific Isabel people (tourism, etc) to gather information about other customs such as custom sports, traditional custom cooking, clothes, lingo etc

Sound effects of fishing etc
Music Presenter introduces Presenter introduces and explains briefly about Kwarao – custom fishing with a vine Interview and story telling with elder Community opinions Summary by presenter Music – theme song
Lyrics to be written by Sigana with help from networking and song recorded with help from Rolley Bogese Can be repeated with different custom A suitably skilled elder or community member to tell the story in Pidjin language. A second version can be made using local language and also in English

The presenter will let the elder tell the story and then ask a few questions to fill in any gaps and clarify things.

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Sigana Group 3

Influences brought back to the village from town, associated with youth and “urban drift”. (Work in progress)

Music – locally recorded instruments Presenter introduces Music

Theme song

Drama about the influences from town, written and performed by youth members Pre-recorded views of elders and other community members, about the issue Summary by presenter Music – theme song
* Suggestion that community can select best lyrics and award
  • Use mixed popular to youth - Rolley
  • Start lyric writing by networking

Youths can discuss and consult with community to prepare the outline of the drama. SIDT be asked to help with script writing.

  • Jody and Ender to lead script writing
  • Interest in peer pressure, to what extent is it affecting urban drift
  • Before writing script ask Isabel Youth
  • David to discuss and agree roles next week

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Sigana Group 4

Disadvantages (ill effects) of Drug and Substance Abuse

  • Drug and substance abuse in Sigana is not a great problem. It was perceived that this was due to strong leadership of church and chiefs, working together
  • This program can therefore highlight positive ways of dealing with this issue
  • This can be an educational program shared with the other Community FM stations in Isabel
  • Start a Wikieducator article about the subject, SIDT (Andy) can upload graphics and images to support the article

Sound effects
Music Theme Song Presenter introduces Educational narrative researched by youth members Debate with invited panel from MU, Youth Leader, Chief Summary Music
* YMHP has a theme song
  • Suggest that they use it, or adapt it to Isabel / simple language / pidjin
  • Andy/Nelson to follow up and send lyrics by email also we can upload the actual song to the Wikieducator

  • Parents
  • Health workers
  • Affected people
  • Networking / Guguha can search Internet
  • SIDT has a Youth and Mental Health program, get advice from them
  • Get some information from the Coordinator of the YMH programme and send to Google group or pass to Isabel community (Andy/Nelson)

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