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In partnership with the International AIDS Society, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Makhulu, we are proud to launch the Youth Voices multimedia campaign. This advocacy initiative highlights the stories and perspectives of youth who are speaking out about their experiences and needs in the HIV response. Our project shares the personal stories of youth from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania to ensure that their voices are heard in the global response to HIV.
In 2014, two million adolescents (aged 10-19) were living with HIV globally, and in sub-Saharan Africa HIV was the leading cause of death. This past weekend was National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – a moment to draw attention to this stark reality. But if we want to enable change, we must amplify the voices of young people infected and affected by HIV, to actively shape HIV programmes and investment priorities that respond to their specific...
Future Positive youth reporters take a unique approach to conversations on HIV and AIDS. In a radio program offered by Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) in Partnership with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the 45 trained youth reporters have steered away from producing traditional HIV-themed health messaging targeting behaviour change. The radio club opts rather to focus on stories of lived experiences of HIV – the challenges, the strategies for success, and the multi-layered conversations that resonate with youth.
The most successful of the interventions created by the youth project has been the monthly events at Nolungile Youth Clinic in Site C. The youth-led events look to collaborate with local artists who perform on the open microphone, in between candid talks from visiting speakers. The event is held together by an open debate allowing the youth reporters to meaningfully engage and involve...
Monique Jansen is
from Atlantis in Cape Town, in this workshop she shares her learning journey within the
Children’s Radio Foundation and how her life has changed since joining
Teen Express youth reporters.
The Children’s Radio Foundation youth reporters in Ikageng, South Africa take to the microphone at their community radio station every week, sharing their views on issues that affect their lives. In this feature, they speak to us about their relationship experiences, and why they think it is a conversation worth having.
Alex FM journalist Mbalenhle Chiya is one of the winners of the 2014 WASH Media Awards. The biannual WASH Media Prize is awarded to journalists for excellence in reporting on critical water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
Chiya won the award for excellence in reporting on water, sanitation and hygiene related issues at a ceremony in Sweden on Friday.
Her piece ‘Human Rights to Water and Sanitation’ competed with stories from international journalists and came out top in the “The Human Right to Water and Sanitation” category.
This year the competition received more than 100 entries from 30 different countries.
Chiya says that she worked with her colleagues on the feature which was aimed at raising awareness about water and sanitation issues in the Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg.
She says some of the community members do not understand their right to water and sanitation.
As part of the...
Our South African Youth Reporters from Lebowakgomo in the Limpopo Province (South Africa) won the 2013 Youth Award for the Radio for Peacebuilding Africa (RFPA) Competition!
Today our Youth Reporter Taetso Mphahlele (17 years old), a member of the South Africa Young Reporters Network is picking the Youth Award in Kigali Rwanda at the RFPA Awards Ceremony on behalf of his team’s show ‘Boom Talk’ on community radio station Greater Lebowakgomo FM.
“I am really excited that we won this award because it shows that we are making a difference in our community about issues that affect our peers”, says Taetso. The RFPA Awards recognize quality radio programs that contribute to building peace and tolerance in the continent.
Taetso alongside Thato Rachamose (17 years old) and Chris Chuene (17 years old) researched, produced and presented the winning program on ‘Cyberbulling’. “We’d noticed that...