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

It’s youth reporter Getrude Clement again, doing great work representing youth from Tanzania and across Africa. This time she presented at the  Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conference in Stockholm, Sweden at the beginning of September.

Getrude is a 17-year-old youth reporter with Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN) and part of the Young Reporters Network in Tanzania. She and her fellow youth reporters host weekly radio shows, talking about various issues that affect young people in her community, including sexual reproductive health, human rights, education and the effects of climate change on children in her hometown, Mwanza. She was invited to speak about access to clean water at a fundraising event in Sweden, which formed part of the global World Water Week conference.

Thanks to the Operakällaren Foundation, and UNICEF Tanzania for supporting Gertrude to speak in Sweden on behalf of...

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Our pop-up radio station recently surfaced again, this time in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Menell Media Exchange 2017!

Young Reporters from Mamelodi’s community radio station Mams FM 92.9 and Alexandra Township’s ALEX FM 89.1 joined hundreds of reporters, producers, journalists, and presenters from commercial and public service media at the Duke Mennel Media Exchange conference. We hosted a pop-up radio booth which narrow-casted in the conference venue, where the youth reporters go to speak ‘on-air’ to people working in the journalism sector.

Three young people also presented in a Community Journalism spotlight workshop about how they manage their roles as youth reporters and what the experience has done for their self confidence and interest in the world around them.

Alex FM presenter Neo “Cappuccino” Dithloiso (pictured) says: “My highlights were networking with the big players and...

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How can we make our communities safer? How can young people contribute to feeling safe in their own communities in South Africa? We recently launched a 2-year project in partnership with Gun Free South Africa, with funding support from the European Union.

Using the power of radio, youth broadcasters will ignite community dialogues about youth experiences of violence, and get young people involved in making their communities safer.

This audio report spoke to some people attending our launch event in Cape Town on August 3rd, to hear more about the project and experiences of violence in different communities.

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This week, CRF Global Youth Ambassador Brighton Kaoma met with President Barack Obama at the Obama Foundation to discuss the role of young African leaders in bringing about sustainable solutions to the challenges their communities face.

Being the only young African to meet President Obama from a pool of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows of 2017 was a life changing experience for Brighton. He says, “During my half an hour meeting with President Barack Obama, we discussed issues around the global threat of climate change and why it’s relevant for each and everyone to rise to the occasion and act to mitigate and adapt to this challenge of our generation.”

We congratulate you Brighton, and are so proud of all that you have been doing and stand for!
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Over five thousand miles may separate us, but I found much in common with our youth reporters in Zambia. We want the best for our communities and young people and we all feel we have a role in bringing about the change we need to see to make that happen. Whether that is at home in the United Kingdom or Kitwe, Zambia.

Usually I spend my days hunting down funds and promoting the work of CRF in the United Kingdom. I spend my days on conference calls, hovering over spreadsheets and nights worrying about funding. It is a welcome, refreshing change to visit our youth reporters in Kitwe.

We arrived on World Water Day and spent the day with youth, visiting a local river. They told us the river was polluted and that when it floods, the children can’t cross to get to school and many people who are dependent on the local charcoal trade have their livelihoods cut off. In the face of this, not despair but...

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