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Inspiring Interview with HIV/AIDS and gay rights more.


LGBTI Exhibition creates safe space for more.


Brighton Kaoma from Zambia recognised as a Queens Young more.

As we gear up to our exciting activities at the International AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban in July, we share this inspiring interview that one of our Young Reporters did with Justice Edwin Cameron, who is one of the main plenary speakers at the Conference.

Justice Cameron is a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and is a prominent figure in South African gay-rights and HIV/AIDS activism. He was hailed by Nelson Mandela as “one of South Africa’s new heroes”. Cameron was the first, and remains the only, senior South African official to state publicly that he is living with HIV/AIDS.

Gugu Sibanyoni from Alex FM led this interview with Justice Edwin Cameron so eloquently on the topic of being gay and living with HIV and how can we transform the health sector to be youth friendly.

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Our Future Positive project hosted an exhibition in partnership with the American Corners In the Cape on June 15th, ahead of Youth Day in South Africa. Youth perspectives and lively discussions came out of the crowd in response to the youth produced LGBTI stories, photographs and audio slideshows that were featured.

Our CRF reporters, “Leaders in Diversity” tackle issues around LGBTI youth in Cape Town. A team of twelve young reporters participated in a series of on-going training workshops and mentoring sessions over a six-month period at the American Corner, to build their capacity to use radio and audio slideshows as a tool of activism, advocacy, and social justice. The slideshows produced from this process bring out individual and community portraits of LGBTI youth, livelihoods, struggles, and strategies for success.

Young people packed out a room in the Central Library in Cape Town on June 15th to...

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Phindile Mthombeni currently works at a community radio station Emalahleni FM as a Production Assistant, stand-in presenter and a CRF Youth Mentor/Facilitator. This is her story of being part of the CRF team.

Location: Emalahleni, South Africa

I’m a 28 year old young woman born in the far East Rand of Johannesburg. I have one older sister. I was raised by my late grandparents in a very small town in Nigel until I completed my Matric while my mom was still studying. I later moved to Witbank in 2011 after completing my Diploma in Media Studies and Journalism.

How did you get involved with the CRF?

I was approached my Programmes Manager, Mr. Dumisani Matsimbi after Vendaboy, the previous mentor requested to be released from his duties due to his commitments. My name then came up seeing how I related to the youth, and that I would assist them whenever they needed any assistance. At first I was very...

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Rightness from Tanzania: Most Significant Change story 2016 from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

Rightness is a 16-year old young woman from Mwanza, Tanzania. She shares her story of how being a young reporter has had an impact on her life in her school and community.

Her teacher, Mr. Kapinga also explains the transformation of Rightness since she started with the Young Reporters Network in Tanzania. Watch the video to hear the interview that was conducted in February 2016.



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Some of our CRF team attended the 2016 Skoll World Forum in Oxford in April. This annual event brings together creative and ambitious leaders, thinkers, artists, and innovators to inspire and challenge each other in entrepreneurial approaches to global challenges. Our youth ambassador Brighton Mukupa Kaoma, our patron Rev. Mpho Tutu, and our President Charlotte Bannister-Parker interacted with all levels of social entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Charlotte Bannister-Parker shares her reflections on the Forum: “It was an uplifting and inspiring event for all of us, but most importantly it was a great affirmation of all the amazing work that we at the Children’s Radio Foundation do. Again and again we heard that the solution to global issues rests in the hands of young people. Everywhere you turned there were extraordinarily bright people putting their lives on the line to change the world”. Some...

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