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

Maryam Charles, our youth facilitator at Zapha+ in Zanzibar,  has proudly completed a course in film and video production at the Kilimanjaro Film Institute at Arusha, Tanzania.

Maryam shares her excitement and confidence that the 6 month course gave her, and plans to prepare training for the youth reporters in the basics of camera and editing skills.

Other than camera operating and an introduction to editing, she also focused on storytelling and creativity skills. “The training was good, I liked the way the teachers gave practical exercises. Their effort, advice and flexibility during the training was so great.”

“At the end of the course I am happy to say that the training has been so successful, the skills and confidence I acquired is more than I expected. ”

If you are interested in seeing more, these are samples of films which Maryam was responsible for story development and editing:

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#Faces2Hearts blogger Ellie Tomassi visits Forte FM youth reporters from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

Forte Community Radio youth reporters in Alice in rural Eastern Cape of South Africa are a formidable bunch! The group, who call themselves ‘Breaking New Grounds’, recently hosted Ellie Tomassi, a young blogger with the European Union, who is visiting different countries and projects that they fund and support.

Breaking New Grounds young reporters research, produce and present their youth show every Saturday, and were visited by Ellie in Alice, where they showed her around their radio station, their town and sat down to talk to her.

If you want to read more about Ellie’s experience in Alice, and her visits to other areas of South Africa, click here.

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Listen to Nqobani Phohlo, a 13 year old young reporter from Inanda FM in KwaZulu-Natal advocating for improved services through differentiated care for transgender people. Nqobani asks for popular media to create sexual health and HIV/AIDS messaging that is inclusive regardless of your gender and sexuality. He urges for discrimination and stigma to be removed from people who identify as transgender.

“Transgender people have human rights too. They are like everyone. They shouldn’t be treated like aliens. We need to treat them with the same respect that we would give someone who is cis-gendered. Transgender people have different [healthcare] needs too. Transgender women that are sex workers are usually victims of rape and physical abuse. Stats prove that transgender people are 49 times more at risk of living with HIV versus general population…because of stigma, discrimination, GBV and social...

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Updates from our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo: youth reporters from Inga, near the Congo River in western DRC, have recently completed refresher radio training with our regional trainer, Joachim Ambambo.

During the training the reporters visited the village of Kinzambi, 20 km from the city of Inga to hear from the inhabitants. Here they are speaking to an elderly gentleman from the village.

 

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The ‘Dream Achievers’ youth reporters in Qwa-Qwa have just announced the winners in their adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) regional competition, called My Body, My Rights.

Supported by Save the Children, the clinic-based youth reporter group created the competition, to learn from young people in their community what their challenges and barriers to sexual health education and services are, and to explore, discover and promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights and knowledge around teenage pregnancy.

After intense planning, with mentorship from our regional trainer Andile Msomi, the team spent a few months promoting the competition at thirteen schools in the Phuthaditjaba region, including two outreach events at schools, and produced short adverts that were aired on Qwa-Qwa Radio. A total of 84 entries were received, and after the judging process, the team hosted...

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