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

Congratulations to our talented youth reporter, Beatrice Phiri, who came second in an Africa Directions ‘Girls Day’ competition in Lusaka, Zambia! She has now been given an opportunity to work with Hot FM radio station where she will be presenting a show on Sexual Reproductive Health.

The competition included girls competing in radio presenting and DJ-ing, with the aim to promote more girls to talk about Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) on radio. Beatrice was part of the 20 girls that were shortlisted to be taught in radio production and SRHR. Africa Directions want to encourage girls to venture in career fields that are perceived to be male dominated and also to give them a deeper understanding of sexual and reproductive health. The event was created in partnership with Plan International Zambia.

“The auditions were super tough, the girls are super talented”, said Beatrice. “Thank you so...

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Twins Avuyile and Agcobile were ‘Breaking New Grounds’ youth reporters at Forte FM in Alice, a rural town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. They have since graduated out of our programme as they are currently in their final year of school. Their mother Nosipho shares her views about the involvement of her children with the Children’s Radio Foundation.

Name of parent: Nosipho Msutwana

Location: Eastern Cape, Alice.

Name of children: Twins Avuyile and Agcobile Msutwana

Age: 17 years old

How did you come to enroll your children in the CRF program? I wanted them to be busy when they were out of the school environment. I did not know that radio would influence them so much that they would become so well informed.

How long have your children been a part of the program? They enrolled at different times, one started in December 2015 and the other January 2016.

What difference do you think the program has...

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The Optimistic Youth Reporters from Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha have been part of an exciting audio exchange with a group of young people called Dreamsquad in the Bronx in New York City. The youth finally met up in a live video link earlier this month after several weeks of exchanging recordings about issues in their communities.

Dreamsquad is a group of young people who participate in after school art programmes at the organisation DreamYard, which is based in the Bronx, in New York, USA. DreamYard is one of the largest arts providers in the Bronx and a nationally recognized community arts organization that uses the arts, digital tools, and social justice to transform students, schools, and communities.

Dreamsquad were trained in foundational radio techniques by CRF’s Linda Daniels ahead of the exchange. Both groups of young people underwent a community mapping exercise...

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Our kind of financial director!

Name of staff member: Thando Makamo Ntoi

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

What is your background?

My background is in Corporate Finance and Strategy. I have an Honors Degree in Business Finance and also majored in Accounting and Information Systems. I am also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

How did you get involved with CRF?

My relationship with CRF began as a short consulting gig to help CRF better manage its finance and the role grew into a part time role as the Financial Director. I was introduced to the CRF family by a board member who I have known for many years from my university days in Johannesburg.

What makes you excited to go to work every day?

The challenge of reconciling the human aspect of delivering our program to our beneficiaries with the business aspect of ensuring we do so efficiently, but more importantly sustainably, to ensure we can do it for many years to come. The satisfaction of...

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Our projects in the DRC have attracted quite a bit of press coverage in the last few months, with the most recent being an online article in Equal Times.

Equal Times is a global news and opinion website (based in Europe) focusing on labour, human rights, culture, development, the environment, politics and the economy from a social justice perspective. The article, ‘Teen reporters in Kinshasa stand up for the rights of children‘ written by Christopher Clark, features some of our youth reporters from our Mugongo Ya Muana project in Kinshasa, and how our project aligns with the UNICEF DRC’s child partcipation programme. Read the article here.

Here you can read the article in French. (Photos by Sydelle Willow Smith)

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