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

The Children’s Radio Foundation’s “Ghetto Genius” youth reporters at Aganang FM in Potchefstroom took to the airwaves recently, following the murder of openly gay 17 year-old learner Lesley Makousa in their community.

Makousa was strangled to death with a shoelace, and his body was found in an abandoned area in Promosa Township. A 32 year-old suspect has since been arrested. His murder and other attacks against the LGBTI community are a reminder of the intense stigma and homophobia that punctuate the lives of LGBTI youth across South Africa. The youth reporters produced their hour-long show to get the community speaking about the challenges local LGBTI youth face.

In their show, they interviewed Thabiso Mogapi wa Tsotetsi, Chairperson of Action For Social Justice International, who noted that there was still a lot that needed to be done, and that schools had an important role to play: not just...

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Zama Chamane (Mother)


Durban, South Africa


Mxolisi Chamane


South African Youth Reporters Network site at Vibe FM, the youth radio show is called ‘Vibrant Youth’.

How did you come to enroll your child in the CRF program?

Mxolisi was introduced to CRF by Sboniso Dlamuka (former youth reporter). He used to invite Mxolisi for live debates on occasional Fridays. Bonga, the Youth Facilitator noticed Mxolisi and invited him to a workshop, lead by CRF members, to join as a youth reporter. From there he never looked back. I think it was late 2014.

What difference do you think the program has made in your child’s life? How have you seen him grow?

It has made a huge difference in his life because he used to be shy. He was never comfortable talking in front of people but now he is no longer afraid. He speaks with confidence. He shows confidence on air and speaks...

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This year, International Youth Day on August 12th gave us the opportunity to celebrate youth reporters addressing issues in their community through their unique perspectives, critical thinking, and informed broadcasts.

Watch our video of Beatrice Phiri, a Zambian youth reporter with Agents of Change Foundation, as she investigates how the use of charcoal for energy directly impacts daily life for communities in Lusaka.

Through radio, young people like Beatrice have become community leaders, sharing information about climate change the environment, and other local issues, gathering with peers to solve problems, and promoting dialogue that shifts mindsets. In our Unite4Climate Youth Radio project, over 100 active trained youth reporters create radio shows to elevate public dialogue about the multiple dimensions of climate change, its effects and challenges, and the ways it can be mitigated at the...

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During the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban last month, two of our young reporters were interviewed by BBC’s Focus on Africa show. They shared their thoughts about issues faced by young people in their countries around HIV/AIDS and stigma.

Take a listen.

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A powerful Call to Action was formulated by youth in the AIDS 2016 pre-conference session ‘In Our Voice’. Click the link to read the demands of youth for holistic efforts to address the realities that young people face that are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

In Our Voice Youth Call to Action


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