We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
World Sight Day is commemorated each year on October 11th. This year our Zambian partners Agents of Change Foundation participated in a special event in Mulfira in the Copperbelt Province, raising awareness about eye health and promoting eye checkups.
The theme for the event was ‘Eye Care Everywhere’. In partnership with DFID Zambia and The Zambian Ministry of Health, and with support from Orbis Africa, our youth reporters conduct a radio listening survey, and reported on the event. The youth reporters broadcast live from Mufulira town on Radio Ichengelo 88.9 and 102.9 mhz, and have been actively promoting eye health in their regular radio shows.
Great work Agents Of Change Foundation team!
At the end of May 2018, the Ebola virus was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city of around 1.5 million people, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previous reports of the disease had all been in remote areas, where Ebola might spread more slowly. Our youth reporter teams on the ground have been working hard to make information available, despite the lack of health facilities and infrastructure in the Equateur region.
According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) health assessment, the Democratic Republic of Congo faces a “very high” public health risk from Ebola. This is one the world’s most notorious diseases, being both highly infectious and extremely lethal. The current Ebola outbreak has already claimed the lives of more than 30 people, according to the official figures, including Batwa children and women. It has also disturbed our project plans both at radio station and community levels. Our Indigenous People’s Rights project...
Nomasonto Zulu’s creative writing piece won first prize for the adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights 2018 competition, My Body, My Rights, which was organised by The ‘Dream Achievers’ youth reporters in Qwa-Qwa, South Africa. Here is her brave and poignant story…
*TRIGGER WARNING – Contains content relating to sexual harassment*
A Young and Unhappy Student Under Sexual Harassment
My high school was a horror. Living in fear and imprisoning myself for fear of what people would say. He began to touch my private parts. I was hurting and there was no room for air to flow. The scars were growing deeper and happiness faded. I could not handle it anymore, because I was a she. I hated my life and myself. I enclosed my feelings.
My high school was a nightmare – one I wished I could wake up from. Several weeks passed,...
The ‘Dream Achievers’ youth reporters in Qwa-Qwa have just announced the winners in their adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) regional competition, called My Body, My Rights.
Supported by Save the Children, the clinic-based youth reporter group created the competition, to learn from young people in their community what their challenges and barriers to sexual health education and services are, and to explore, discover and promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights and knowledge around teenage pregnancy.
After intense planning, with mentorship from our regional trainer Andile Msomi, the team spent a few months promoting the competition at thirteen schools in the Phuthaditjaba region, including two outreach events at schools, and produced short adverts that were aired on Qwa-Qwa Radio. A total of 84 entries were received, and after the judging process, the team hosted an outreach event on April 21st...
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 #everychild in Tanzania. We...