Saturday, May 30th, 2009
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Thanks for joining us for the Radio Workshop’s podcast. Today we’re talking about Child Protection Week, which is celebrated every year during the last week of May.
In this episode we bring you stories of young people who have been through some very difficult times—but they’ve managed to bounce back and make a better life for themselves.
First up on the show, UNICEF’s Aida Girma tells us what we need to know about Child Protection.
Then we hear from twenty year-old Siphe Nqodi. Growing up with a violent father taught him exactly what not to be.
We also give a call to Childline, and they talk to us about reporting child abuse.
And lastly, we check in with the Abaqophi basOkhayeni Abaqinile, a children’s radio project in Ingwavuma, KwaZulu-Natal, and hear about Child Protection issues in their community.
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Welcome to the Show
Radio Workshop host Lesedi Mogoatlhe welcomes listeners to our special Child Protection Week show.
The Radio Workshop broadcasts every Saturday at 12 noon on SAFM. Visit SAFM’s website for information about how to find their frequency in your area.
Unicef and Child Protection Week
We speak with UNICEF’s Aida Girma about issues of Child Protection, and find out what children and parents can do to keep young people in their communities safe.
Do you want to find out more about UNICEF and Child Protection Week? Click here or more information.
Next, we hear from Siphe Nqodi. Siphe discusses his diffiuclt relationship with his father, and how he has finally come to terms with it.
Siphe is a peer educator at GOLD Peer Education. To find out more about their programmes, click here.
If you are in a situation that makes you scared or uncomfortable, and you don’t know who else to talk to, you can make a free call to CHILDLINE on 0800 055 555. We gave them a ring to find out about what kinds of services they offer for young people.
Visit the Child Line website for more information.
Safe or unsafe?
Next up we take a trip to Ingwavuma, Kwa-Zulu Natal, a rural area in the north-eastern corner of South Africa, near the borders with Mozambique and Swaziland. We asked some children in the Abaqophi basOkhayeni Abaqinile, a youth radio project, about what makes them feel safe or unsafe.
To find out more about the Abaqophi basOkhayeni Abaqinile, click here.
That’s it for this week, join us next week for more from the Radio Workshop. We hope you’ve enjoyed our Child Protection Week show. Feel free to leave a comment below. We’d love to know what you think!
We end with music from Congo, by the popular singers Faya Tess & Lokua Kanza. This track is called “Bana,” from the album Acoustic Africa (Putumayo).
Thanks for joining us for this week’s show.