Radio Workshop Podcast–August 15, 2009
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Welcome to the Radio Workshop podcast! On today’s show we’re talking politics. As young people we often don’t have the opportunity to give our opinions about the issues we face. But today, we meet some young people who recently made their voices heard—and the world was listening to what they had to say.
UNICEF sent four young South Africans to the Junior 8 Summit in Rome last month. The J8 is a yearly meeting where young people from across the world gather to share their views on global issues, and make recommendations for how to deal with these issues. We’ll meet the J8 delegates, and find out more about the summit a bit later in the show.
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Radio Workshop host Lesedi Mogoatlhe welcomes listeners to the show.
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The Junior 8 Summit
UNICEF sent four young South Africans to the Junior 8 Summit in Rome last month. The J8 happened at the same time as the G8 summit, which brings together the heads of state from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The summit was an opportunity for these young South Africans to make their voices heard—and to represent young people worldwide. The goal was to get world leaders to hear their concerns.
Today we meet the four South African UNICEF delegates: Aletta Dhlamini, Yumnah Jackson, Richmond Sajini, and Refilwe Tsumane. And yes, that’s Richmond in the photo next to President Jacob Zuma, shaking hands with US President Barack Obama!
For more information about the J8 Summit, visit UNICEF’s J8 website.
My view of the world
Aletta, Yumnah, Richmond, and Refilwe were all winners of last year’s Albert Luthuli Young Historians Oral History Competition. The competition gets learners to do oral history research on a topic that interests them, and to present their findings. For more information about the competition, click here.
We asked each of the J8 delegates to give us their thoughts about things that matter to them. Here are their “audio commentaries.”
Richmond Sajini, 16: “Ordinary people like me can make a big difference…”
Refilwe Tsumane, 18: “You are who you are because of those who came before you…”
Aletta Dhlamini, 17: “The one moment he was around, and the next, he disappeared…”
Yumnah Jackson, 17: “Why does poverty exist?”
That’s it for this week, join us next week for more from the Radio Workshop. We hope you’ve enjoyed the show!