We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
A 16 year old youth reporter from the rural town of Cala in South Africa shares her beautiful story of being given the opportunity to host a music chat show for her community radio station, Vukani FM. With the money she earns, she can help provide for her family.
‘My name is Siphosethu Adam, I am a 16 year old youth reporter in Cala. I represent iSkeem Somthombo Wolwazi for the best community radio station in the cool Eastern Cape province. I have been in the project for 2 years now, and my roles in the show are to host and research for the show.
These roles have helped in shaping who I am today, because before the project I had no self-confidence and mostly I was afraid to let my voice out. There were times I felt too little, like I did not belong in the world and I could not let my opinions be heard by others at school. But now I can proudly stand in the crowd and stand for what I feel is right and also I can help other young...
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 community level.
Our partners Makhulu...
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
©International AIDS Society/Marcus Rose
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 presenting my own show. I would say...
The Agents of Change Foundation and their bright leaders, Brighton Kaoma and Josephine Pumulo made some marks in history recently, by representing 2 million young Zambians at an event announcing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
On the weekend of the 25th to 27th September 2015, world leaders met to agree on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals. These will replace the Millennium Development Goals which expire at the end of 2015. On the eve of the announcement, various stakeholders including Agents of Change and its partners – Restless Development and Action2015 gathered together at Lusaka’s Government Complex to remind their leaders not to forget the young people as we move from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to #LightTheWay to a new era. Agents of Change were selected to speak at this auspicious event, with Brighton speaking about a topic he is strongly passionate about, CLIMATE CHANGE, and his...