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

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What kind of public service announcement (PSA) would young people make if they had the chance? We gave some young people an opportunity to do this, from generating an idea, to creating a script, to finally recording in studio, and the results are powerful!

Our young reporters from the Centre for Science and Technology (COSAT) went through the process of producing a PSA, and recently completed the recording in Cape Town. After an orientation session where the youth were briefed on target audiences, and watched and listened to inspirational print and video PSA’s, they brainstormed and sketched out some ideas.

The exciting part was going into a studio to record their scripts in isiXhosa and English. Tim Pringle at Origin Audio worked with the youth to record the PSA , and he involved the youth in all the creativity. He went as far as projecting his work on a larger screen talking the youth through each...

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We are excited to announce the results of our call for proposal to improve youth participation on community radio stations in Liberia. And the winners are: Radio Gbarnga in Bong county, Voice of Rural Montserrado in Montserrado county and Peace FM in Margibi county.

These three winning radio stations gave the strongest practical ideas on how to increase and sustain active youth participation and to strengthen the radio station itself, in order to continue to provide a sound broadcast platform where young people can add their voices to crucial conversations that address issues affecting them, such as Ebola.

Shirk Sonii, CRF’s country coordinator reports on his visit to one of the stations: “Radio Gbarnga has a very huge listening audience in central Liberia, compared to other stations in the region. An audience map developed for the station… suggests the station has more than six hundred thousand...

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Together with our partner organization Agents of Change Foundation led by a former youth radio trainer and climate-change activist, Brighton Kaoma, we have been selected to receive funding for our new project in Zambia.

We’re excited that Unite4Climate, a youth-led initiative using community radio stations in Zambia will move into action. The radio stations will serve as dialogue hubs around issues of climate change where youth can speak, be heard, and inform their communities. The young reporters in the project will produce daily radio shows, and the interactions with community members and peers will position them as powerful agents in mitigating the effects of deforestation and pollution.

Brighton Kaoma was also recently acknowledged as one of the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders. He received this award in June at Buckingham Palace from Her Majesty The Queen of England. He is definitely a leader to...

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Approximately 70% of the current population of Africa is below the age of 30. Makes you think…

More than ever, listening to the voices of youth is so important to strategize how we plan the future.

At the United Nations Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescent Health conference, held recently in Johannesburg, decision-makers were exploring what should be priority, what needs to be addressed, and how can we get support for addressing health issues for these groups in our society. Our youth reporters from Alex FM conducted a number of meaningful interviews with key speakers at the event, asking valuable and direct questions. Here Mbali Chiya speaks to the Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Marleen Temmerman.

See our Soundcloud playlist here for more interviews by other youth journalists.

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What does working in radio do for our youth? What is the impact on their lives?

Here two youth reporters from Qwaqwa Radio in the Free State in South Africa reflect on how getting fame, having more confidence, being a role-model and gaining better communication skills has changed their lives.

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