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


CRF Youth Reporters interview Graca Machel...read more.


Youth Radio Awards 2014...read more.


Family Photo Day in Manenberg...read more.

The Optimistic Youth Reporters from COSAT high school in Cape Town had an exciting evening last week chatting to NASA astronauts, and exploring the possibilities of space…
The Cape Town Science Centre & Living Maths, in partnership with the United States Consulate General in Cape Town, invited the youth reporters to chat to NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan and NASA Astronaut Dr. Catherine Coleman.

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Sophia Stone


Oxford, UK

Since September 2013, Sophia has been the International Development Coordinator of the Children’s Radio Foundation, supporting the UK Director in all aspects of running CRF-UK’s office. Sophia supports, coordinates and project manages CRF’s work ranging from fundraising, events, advocacy, finances, office administration, internal & external communications and strategic development.

What is your background & how did you get involved with CRF?

I have a degree in International Development & Sociology during which I focused on Human Rights. I have worked in Ghana on the Millennium Development Goals in youth, citizenship, poverty, and education as an Assistant Researcher and I also contributed towards research outputs for the Economic Social Research Council in the UK. I have gained exposure to development issues from extensive overseas travel, and voluntary...

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Our Manenberg Youth Reporters were busy this past Saturday at the Manenberg Library in Cape Town, South Africa reporting on an event that celebrated the best of the community!

The library, usually a subdued space, came alive with music, storytelling, games, family photos and performances for the event themed ‘Manenberg is a beautiful place’. Manneberg is an area plagued with gangsterism, poverty and a high unemployment rate.

The purpose of Saturday’s event, was to highlight the beauty in Manenberg and the Manenberg Youth Reporters were there to capture the mood on the day with their recorders in hand. These youth reporters interviewed, amongst others, event organisers, performers and the community in attendance.

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In South Africa this month, we have just launched our new project, Youth Radio Dialogues on ubuntu.

Ubuntu is a concept used in many South African languages to describe the practice of Humanity. Acts of ubuntu are easily recognizable and yet it is a concept that is hard to pin down. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu puts it so well, “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected, and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out. It is for the whole of humanity.”

Our project will run over the next two years, using ubuntu as a lens to get young people to see their communities in a different light, and the role they can play in actualizing positive change. We will use radio reporting, storytelling, and two national competitions to ignite dialogues about the themes of ubuntu among youth in South Africa. We’ll...

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Youth Reporters from Siviwe House in Woodstock had the opportunity to experience a live TV show from behind the scenes as guests at Ukulele Media studios in Cape Town. Hectic 99 is a TV Youth show which speaks about issues related to young people in South Africa and the world.
The youth reporters described the excursion afterwards as an eye -opening education in how a television show is made. They relished the opportunity to meet and spend some time doing recorded interviews with well known television celebrities.
The recordings at the studio were part of a broader radio feature that the youth reporters put together about television and its role in how society consumes information and general entertainment.
Siviwe is a registered residential Child and Youth Care Centre for young girls who have previously lived, worked or begged on the streets of Cape Town, or who have been placed there by the...

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