We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives


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The South African young academy of science (SAYAS) symposium held in Cape Town recently heard a very different contribution to the topic of science when the Optimistic Youth Reporters from the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) presented their questions and viewpoints as panelists at the conference.

Contributors to the symposium spoke about interactive and collaborative initiatives to get science translated to the public and not stuck in academic language that is hard to unpack for easy consumption and dissemination. The under-representation of Africa in science was another theme raised by the Optimistic Youth Reporters as well as other contributors to the conference.

The two day symposium saw academics from various scientific disciplines, including science fiction writers, a cartoonist and a musician, gather under the conference banner of “Fact, Fiction and Media: Re-imagining science engagement...

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The Agents of Change Foundation and their bright leaders, Brighton Kaoma and Josephine Pumulo made some marks in history recently, by representing 2 million young Zambians at an event announcing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

On the weekend of the 25th to 27th September 2015, world leaders met to agree on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals. These will replace the Millennium Development Goals which expire at the end of 2015. On the eve of the announcement, various stakeholders including Agents of Change and its partners – Restless Development and Action2015 gathered together at Lusaka’s Government Complex to remind their leaders not to forget the young people as we move from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to #LightTheWay to a new era. Agents of Change were selected to speak at this auspicious event, with Brighton speaking about a topic he is strongly passionate...

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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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