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‘Mungongo ya Mwana’ (the voice of a child) is one of our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that provides a media platform to Kinshasa-based street youth to talk about issues affecting them and reach out to the community at large to reduce the levels of discrimination against street kids, and discourage the child witchcraft accusation phenomenon that is critical in children being sent to street.

After a successful pilot phase in 2015, the 20 newly trained young reporters have been producing and pre-recording their weekly radio shows using the various radio formats, including audio interview, audio commentary, audio profiling, audio debate, PSA and others.

The group is preparing to launch this weekend its broadcast program at the local partner radio station REMAG based at the local market of Gambela in Kinshasa. Young reporters have been producing and pre-recording weekly shows since the...

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In the lead-up to the International AIDS Conference taking place in July in Durban, South Africa, CRF is making sure young voices are present on that platform.

In partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Makhulu Productions, the team has started a series of audio slideshow trainings, kicking-off with a of a group of young people in Gugulethu, Cape Town. The main objective of the workshop was for them to have all the tools to convey their own perspectives and experience on HIV prevention and service delivery,  through pictures and sound. Two stories were chosen by the group and are currently being documented.

The training, funded by the International AIDS Society will then be taken to Tanzania and Zambia in the next two months.

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Ten young reporters from Wallingford, in the UK spent some time in Western Kenya in October last year, volunteering, interacting with other young people, and sharing experiences as school-going youth.

The 10-day visit by a team of young reporters from Wallingford School to rural Musanda village was facilitated by the Nasio Trust. The UK youth visited daycare centres, the maternity wing of a hospital, and the homes of local people. They also helped build a basic house for a widowed community member in need and volunteered at a medical foot care event at a primary school, in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross.

But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the trip was the radio interchange sessions between the British and Kenyan youth! After learning some basic skills in using the recorders from the Wallingford youth, everyone participated in conducting interviews with each other. They had some lively debates...

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We are excited to share this radio story with you about the Optimistic Youth Reporters on BBC World Service. These confident, media-savvy reporters from Khayelitsha have been getting a lot of media coverage in the last few weeks, as news of the new high school radio gets around!

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One of our young reporters, Monique Hansen brings the reality of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to us through this sensitive interview with a South African woman who has been cut.

February 6th 2016 was International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice can scar girls for life, endangering their health and depriving them of their rights, and the chance to reach their full potential. If we are to abandon this practice, we need to involve whole communities, and focus on raising awareness about human rights and gender equality.

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