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

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18-year-old Thembela Booi has recently been appointed to host the Top 30 Chart show every Saturday morning at Nkqubela FM (KQFM) in Port Elizabeth! Thembela has been a passionate young reporter with the Children’s Radio Foundation project since 2014, and is part of the ‘Live Wire’ team. In this blog post he shares some of his journey as a young reporter, some of his highlights of working at KQFM, and a short audio clip of his show!

“I was born in King Williams Town and moved to Port Elizabeth, Kwazakhele at a very young age. I am currently a first year student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University studying logistics management.

My roles in the project:
My roles have evolved over the years and have allowed me to experience different journeys. I have so far been privileged to play all the roles that are available in the group. I have researched, produced, and grew from from co-hosting to...

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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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photo by Sydelle Willow Smith

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!

Take a listen to the story.

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