ONLINE DIALOGUE SERIES: “Do You Hear the Sound of Hope?: Starting a Children’s Radio Program in Rwanda”

Satsuki-kai America and Friends of UTokyo (FUTI) are pleased to present an online dialogue with Ms. Akiko Sakaedani, formerly with UNICEF’s Rwanda Office. She has recently published a book titled “Do you hear the sound of hope?” which discusses how she started Rwanda’s first radio program for children.


Rwanda is a beautiful country with thousands of green hills. Many families in the villages do not own a TV, and radio is the main media. Back in 2013, there was no radio programme for small children, however. It was all about news, sports, and pop songs. As a believer in Early Childhood Development, Akiko decided to create the first children’s radio programme in Rwanda.

Date/Time Saturday, September 12, 2020 10am-11.30am (EDT UTC-4) [Sept. 12, 11pm, Japan Standard Time]

Format Zoom invite will be sent to people who RSVP.

Language Japanese

RSVP Required. Please RSVP by September 9, 2020, by emailing to satsukiamerika[at] with 1) your name, 2) email address, 3) major and year of graduation at Tokyo, 4) current affiliation, and 5) questions for the presenters.

Organizer Satsuki-kai America

Co-organizer Friends of UTokyo

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Note: The opinions expressed during the dialogue may not necessarily represent those of the organizer or co-organizer.

Biography Akiko Sakaedani Petrovic is an international development worker with 16 years of experience in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East. She mostly works in the area of health communication, partnership and donor relations. She was the co-director of Egypt Japan Education Partnership in 2019-2020, and currently works at UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa to coordinate the communication response to COVID-19. Based on her experience in Rwanda from 2013-2018, she published a book in June 2020 from Chobunsha publishing company titled Kibo Kikoeru (Do you hear the sound of hope?). She was born in Tokyo, and graduated from University of Tokyo in 2001 majoring in anthropology. She holds a Master of Art’s Degree in Intercultural Communication, and Master of Science in Public Health. She is married and has a son.