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Rightness from Tanzania: Most Significant Change story 2016 from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

Rightness is a 16-year old young woman from Mwanza, Tanzania. She shares her story of how being a young reporter has had an impact on her life in her school and community.

Her teacher, Mr. Kapinga also explains the transformation of Rightness since she started with the Young Reporters Network in Tanzania. Watch the video to hear the interview that was conducted in February 2016.



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Some of our CRF team attended the 2016 Skoll World Forum in Oxford in April. This annual event brings together creative and ambitious leaders, thinkers, artists, and innovators to inspire and challenge each other in entrepreneurial approaches to global challenges. Our youth ambassador Brighton Mukupa Kaoma, our patron Rev. Mpho Tutu, and our President Charlotte Bannister-Parker interacted with all levels of social entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Charlotte Bannister-Parker shares her reflections on the Forum: “It was an uplifting and inspiring event for all of us, but most importantly it was a great affirmation of all the amazing work that we at the Children’s Radio Foundation do. Again and again we heard that the solution to global issues rests in the hands of young people. Everywhere you turned there were extraordinarily bright people putting their lives on the line to change the world”. Some...

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In partnership with the International AIDS Society, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Makhulu, we are proud to launch the Youth Voices multimedia campaign. This advocacy initiative highlights the stories and perspectives of youth who are speaking out about their experiences and needs in the HIV response. Our project shares the personal stories of youth from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania to ensure that their voices are heard in the global response to HIV. 

In 2014, two million adolescents (aged 10-19) were living with HIV globally, and in sub-Saharan Africa HIV was the leading cause of death. This past weekend was National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – a moment to draw attention to this stark reality. But if we want to enable change, we must amplify the voices of young people infected and affected by HIV, to actively shape HIV programmes and investment priorities that respond to their specific...

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Every year the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) draws crowds to Cape Town for a week long festival of Jazz. Alongside the awesome music, the CTIJF runs an Arts Journalism training program, and this year, three CRF youth facilitators and one youth participant have been accepted into the training!

Andile Msomi (Durban), Neorisha Julius (Atlantis), Mfundo Dafeti (Nyanga) and Sammy Ramodike (Alexandra) have been selected to receive scholarships for the Arts Journalism and Arts Journalists Mentorship program. All applicants had to write an essay to qualify for scholarships offered by the CTIJF, and these young journos were successful.

Sammy and Mfundo have been accepted in the Arts Journalism course which is facilitated by arts journalist Gwen Ansell. The programme is for qualified journalists, freelance writers and journalism students and is the longest running trainee initiative for the Cape...

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18-year-old Thembela Booi has recently been appointed to host the Top 30 Chart show every Saturday morning at Nkqubela FM (KQFM) in Port Elizabeth! Thembela has been a passionate young reporter with the Children’s Radio Foundation project since 2014, and is part of the ‘Live Wire’ team. In this blog post he shares some of his journey as a young reporter, some of his highlights of working at KQFM, and a short audio clip of his show!

“I was born in King Williams Town and moved to Port Elizabeth, Kwazakhele at a very young age. I am currently a first year student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University studying logistics management.

My roles in the project:
My roles have evolved over the years and have allowed me to experience different journeys. I have so far been privileged to play all the roles that are available in the group. I have researched, produced, and grew from from co-hosting to...

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