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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 4, No. 2 (2008) open journal systems 


An assessment of the effectiveness of radio theatre in promoting good healthy living among rural communities in Osun State, Nigeria

Olaniyi Alaba Sofowora, obafemi awolowo university ile-ife, Nigeria


Abstract
The main thrust of the study is to assess the effectiveness of radio theatre programme in promoting good healthy living among the rural communities in Osun State, Nigeria. The study adopts the Pre-test, post-test control group research design. The research objectives stated for the study are to: 1. find out the perception of the rural communities about the popular radio theatre programme, 2. investigate the extent to which the radio theatre programme has achieved the objectives for which it was designed and the extent to which it has helped to influence the health habit of the rural communities, and 3. examine whether or not it is an effective method of promoting healthy living among the rural communities. The sample for the study is made up of 240 rural communities in Osun State. They are selected through stratified random sampling technique based on gender, ethnicity and occupation. Seventy-six percent of the sample rated the radio theatre programme as an effective method for promoting healthy living. Seventy-five percent of the sample also said they learned a lot more from the interactive radio programme than from any other programme. This therefore implies that radio theatre programmes are effective for promoting healthy living among the rural communities in Nigeria.


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