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I am Pamela Mihle Hlazo, and I am 30 years of age. I was born in the Pondoland side of the former Transkei (Ngqeleni). I am the second born out of four. I am currently a presenter at Unitra Community Radio FM and an LLB student at University of South Africa. I am also a mother of two boys.

How did you get involved with CRF?

In 2014 Mike and the former regional trainer Tabiso approached the station and then they finalised the deal to work together. A suggestion was made to the station manager, Mr Mtshandu to select the mentor and chose me, after he noticed my efforts around the station.

What is the best part of being a facilitator, and your highlight of 2016?

Having to work with the youth and being exposed to the challenges that they face is something that I didn’t care about before.  The program has given me maturity and made me a better person and a good mentor. My hightlight for 2016 was winning the...

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Mwanza youth reporters

Kicking off 2017, we launch a new project in Tanzania, with the support of the Von Clemm Trust, that will use the power of radio to raise awareness around the prevention, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in children in Tanzania.

TB takes a heavy toll on the country’s youth, and the rest of the population, with approximately 170,000 cases and 58,000 deaths every year – even though drugs for treatment are readily available. The fight against TB isn’t a scientific or biological challenge, it’s an educational one.  Our goal is to reduce the impact of TB among young people in Tanzania, and this project, supported by the Von Clemm Trust, will train, support and mentor 15 young reporters to create regular radio programmes about the disease.

Working with our partner organisation in Tanzania, the Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN) and along with the support of Operation Asha, we...

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We’ve entered the world of VR (virtual reality) with our new film created by Rowan Pybus and Sydelle Willow Smith of Makhulu. This film about the street youth in our ‘Mugongo Ya Muana’  project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has it’s story explained in the youth culture Huck magazine.

Read more about the experience of director Rowan Pybus in making the VR film, and more about how the children and young adults living in the slums are empowered through the radio work they do. The magazine describes itself as ‘inspired by radical youth culture, Huck roams the globe seeking out artists, activists and creative renegades who are breaking down the old world to build something new’.

Great work team, and onwards to new forms of storytelling!

 

 

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Interview with Prince Harry and Elton John at the International AIDS Conference 2016 from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

During the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, two of our youth reporters had the fantastic opportunity to have a sit-down interview with Prince Harry of Wales and legendary singer, Elton John. Here is the interview that went live to the world in July 2016! This was one of the highlights of the year for us.

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‘Beatrice’, the film we produced with Sydelle Willow Smith and Makhulu received a Special Mention in the global Film4Climate Competition!

This video was produced with Beatrice Phiri, one of our youth reporters from Zambia who is doing amazing work as a climate change activist and child ambassador for UNICEF Zambia. In the video, Beatrice explains how climate change became personal when Zambia started facing irregular electricity and water supply. Beatrice uses radio to share her message and use her voice to educate about deforestation, pollution and other environmental challenges in her country.
The winners of the competition were announced at the United Nations Climate Conference (UNFCCC) at COP22 on Saturday, November 13th. The announcement was made at a day celebrating the power of youth, cinema and the creative industries to generate climate action and tackle climate change. Out of 864 entries...

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