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Ruth Imonga is a young reporter from the Mbandaka Youth Reporters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the recent radio trainings that promotes the rights of children, Ruth reports that she no longer experiences discrimination against the Batwa (Pygmy) people.

About 4 months into the CRF radio project that aims to promote the rights of children, in particular the indigenous youth, Ruth says she can now sit next Batwa youths, chat and eat with them without feeling awkward. This is a powerful transformation for this young women! Read the interview to find out more:

Tell us if there is any difference in your life between before and after joining the project.

Ruth: Yes, there’s a big difference because there are many things, which I did not know before that I now know. For instance the utilization of the recorder, I did not know, but now I can even take a recorder and use it alone somewhere.


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Africa Melane talks about the role of media in advocacy and awareness raising around issues of violence

Over 60 young people attended the Youth Media Conference which took place over the past weekend in Cape Town. The conference, supported by UNICEF saw young people put heads together on the theme of ending violence in their communities. The  aim of the conference was  to engage children in how they have addressed and experienced violence, in its different forms,  in their communities.

Zakes Bantwini, DJ and Producer set the tone on the first day of the conference: “How do we come up and draft a lifestyle to turn our communities into places where we can enjoy. “It’s not the government that will do that…its the communities. when we look after each other we will see the need to talk when someone is affected by violence.”

Many young people at the conference spoke of schools being unsafe spaces for children. Gangsterism, bullying and corporal punishment were cited as commonplace in both private...

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The Optimistic Youth Reporters caught the storytelling bug with the Nal’ibali nationwide storytelling competition last Friday at the Harare public library in Khayelitsha, South Africa. The competition was launched  to find South Africa’s first ‘Story Bosso’.

According to Nal’ibali, the competition is aimed at reawakening a love of storytelling and reading among South Africans of all ages, the competition will connect the public to ideas and inspiration on how to tell stories and read aloud to others; showcase a range of local stories (in all South African languages), as well as identify undiscovered storytellers in communities across the country. People of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians – are invited to enter the competition.

Some youth reporters tried their hand at impromptu storytelling and recorded stories for the competition; the latter which will run...

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Things are really shaping up with our Zambia Unite for Climate Youth Radio Project – funded by the Rauschenberg Foundation.
Two weeks ago, CRF’s Clemence Petit-Perrot travelled to Lusaka to meet with the super energetic implementing team from our partner Agents of Change Foundation (ACF). Over four days, they ironed out the last details around the upcoming trainers and youth training which are going to take place in September in five sites across the country. It was also the opportunity for ACF to share their great knowledge around climate change issues, particularly how it affects lives in Zambia and to reflect on how young people can step up. We are so looking forward to hearing what the Zambian Young Reporters have to share!

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She’s a prolific youth radio reporter in Tanzania and has travelled to South Africa to report on the biggest conference on HIV/AIDS in Africa, ICASA.  Sixteen year old Neema has just added a community radio conference in Ghana to her list of reporting assignments. She shares her excitement with us.

“I was inspired by seeing community radio stations from around the world come together at one meeting at the AMARC conference. I got to learn how much our communities rely on us as reporters, and our role in informing and educating them in order to bring about change and development in our communities. I have learnt different ways of improving our shows to make them more interesting and appealing to our listeners. For example I learnt how to make radio dramas that have a good sequence and flow and that highlight important issues in the community.

I am now also inspired and motivated to learn different...

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