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

Lester Kiewit, journalist and TV presenter in conversation with youth

Our Ubuntu Lab conference, held alongside the Youth Radio Awards in September, provided the space for young people to deepen their understanding of Ubuntu, and share ideas on how we can bring the practice of humanity to our struggles in South Africa.

In addition to panel discussions on Ubuntu, listening to artists and poets, hot debates, and creating their own skits and performances, the group of approximately 40 youth had the opportunity to have face to face discussions with some inspiring individuals. The ‘Talking Heads’ group discussions happened with a writer, poet, astronomer, freestyle footballer, social justice activist, TV presenter, entrepreneur, LGBTI activist and more.

See more photos from the Ubuntu Lab held at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.

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Emmanuel and Grace gather vox pops

For the full month of August the ‘Enfants Reporters’ (youth reporters) of Ivory Coast got together to focus on: more radio! With CRF’s experienced facilitator, Eva Gilliam leading the training in three different sites, the Cote d’Ivoire network is growing!

Over 60 youth, nearly a third new to the programme, met up to share their experiences, talk about success and challenges and take it to a new level. This is the third training for some of these youth, and their passion and skills were evident as they tackled some challenging topics, like the realities on the ground when it comes to obligatory education and children’s rights.

Ursule Koffi (18) from the project in Abidjan had these thoughts after the training: “At school, we were told that the child has the right to life, health, education. But I learned that there are other rights such as the right to information, the right to expression. I was...

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A few days before the 2016 Youth Radio Awards, we received some some coverage on Umhlobo Wenene FM, the second largest radio station in the South Africa.

Our Young Reporters Network (YRN) project co-ordinator, Busi Hoho chatted to Lulu Haarmans on the ‘Khanya Gqiyazana’ women’s show about the network of young reporters across South Africa that broadcast radio content on a weekly basis, and the power of radio in general. Busi also spoke on air about the differences and similarities of the stories being told by South Africa youth and youth in our other projects in Africa in Zambia, Tanzania, Liberia, Ivory Coast and the DRC. Mostly, we’ve discovered that youth across Africa are dealing with similar issues that affect them and their communities.



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The period around our annual Youth Radio Awards is always an exciting, busy time, as we prepare to welcome youth reporters from across South Africa to Cape Town! This year is no less as we get ready to welcome 40 reporters from the Young Reporters Network; the winners of the national Ubuntu Competition; our generous funders, the Templeton World Charity Foundation; and our CRF President and Chairperson.

The 2016 Youth Radio Awards is our fourth annual event, and once again, we will honour and celebrate the youth for the community stories around various social issues that they have captured and shared with their listeners. We’ll be honouring the Best Stories on Education, Xenophobia, Ubuntu,  Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Gender among others. The young reporters have produced stories and radio formats on these and other issues through the lens of ‘ubuntu’, which has been a focus topic over...

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Mobile journalists Mojo Velo, stopped by to visit some of our youth reporters in Lusaka, Zambia recently, and filmed them as they prepared to broadcast their Saturday morning show. These reporters with the Agents of Change Foundation focus on encouraging action on climate change, environmental sustainability and human rights.

The team of three ‘journalists on bicycles’ make up Mojo Velo, and have been travelling for about 5 months from Cape Town, on their way to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. They are cycling unsupported (fully self sufficient, and relying on the Ubuntu spirit of the people they meet), and will cover as many as 15,000 km on their journey. On their trip, they are sharing people’s stories of sustainability and innovation, challenging negative perceptions of Africa and promoting its innovation, ingenuity and resilience.

Mojo Velo created this documentary short film about their day spent with...

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