We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
This World Children’s Day, children and youth took centre stage! Along with UNICEF in Zambia and South Africa, we planned a number of exciting #kidstakeover activities within the professional media sector and at the National Assembly of Zambia.
World Children’s Day is a global day celebrated each year on November 20th, where children around the world came together to help save children’s lives, to fight for their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. The idea is that World Children’s Day is ‘brought by children to children.’ We had young reporters represented in the broadcast media on television and radio, and in the print media. And young people in Zambia took part in a parliamentary caucus on children, voicing their opinions on health, education and many more issues.
In South Africa, our youth reporters were featured as guests on national radio SAFM, speaking with Naledi Moleo on her...
Name of staff member: Unathi Ndiki
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
What is your background?
I am from East London, in the Eastern Cape province. I would like to describe myself as an artist, an art activist. I have background in performance art theatre. I am also an entrepreneur, and I have a company called Railway Communication, which is concerned with book publishing.
How did you get involved with CRF?
I recently applied for a job at the organisation. Being with CRF is an opportunity to inspire young people to express themselves using radio, and also for them to tell their own stories.
What makes you excited to go to work every day?
To learn from young reporters, to facilitate a conducive learning environment for all of us. I believe that we need to pay particular attention to the issues that young people are dealing with so as to find workable solutions that will be good to everyone.
South African Nolusindiso Mguye was invited to attend and introduce her video on stage at the Global Citizens Festival in the USA. Here she reflects on her trip.
“My trip to New York City was a great experience and a life-time opportunity. It was amazing! At the Global Citizen festival I had the greatest time of my life, and so much fun… I met people such as Ndaba Mandela, Jeff Radebe, and I met Whoopie Goldberg back stage. She is an inspiration to me!
I was shaking in my boots as I was due to go on stage but I managed to calm down. I couldn’t believe that I was standing in front of 60 000 people and talking freely. I touched many people when my video was screened, and a lot of people said how courageous I was. I should keep on doing what I am doing and help other people and change their lives. It’s been such a great experience and I really enjoyed my time there. I thank Genevieve [US CRF colleague] for...
On September 16th, several students from Centre Of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha, attended the morning plenary at the Global Evidence Summit, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The objective of this summit was to advance the use of reliable research evidence in addressing the world’s most serious health and social challenges. Accompanied by our new mentor, Unathi Ndiki, programme manager Linda Daniels as well as the school principal, Phadiela Cooper, the young reporters had the opportunity to interview each of the presenting experts on the topic of evidence in a post-truth world. These reports will be used in their broadcasts at school.
Take a listen to the interview the young reporters did with public health researcher and advocate, Caroline Weinberg at the Summit.
For more information see this website: www.globalevidencesummit.org
An average of 16 people are killed every day through gun violence in South Africa. Youth reporters from Alex FM in Gauteng share their thoughts and feelings about guns and violence.
The youth talk about the many incidents of violence where guns have had a major and devastating effect. This audio piece forms part of our new project, in partnership with the European Union and Gun Free South Africa, which gets young people to ignite community dialogues about youth experiences of violence, to promote safer communities.
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