We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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...
With a legacy donation from the Von Clemm Family Foundation, we recently started a project in Tanzania focusing on education around tuberculosis (TB). The project, based in Mwanza, kicked off its activities in February through our local partner, the Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN).
Fifteen young reporters, all below 18 years, were trained in an intensive 3-day workshop on how to use radio as a tool to raise awareness on TB issues. During the training workshop, the youth had information sessions with TB experts from the Ministry of Health’s TB program based in Mwanza. The youth also visited three TB clinics within the Mwanza community to get a deeper sense of what TB testing and treatment entails, and to interact with and interview patients attending the clinics. These interviews formed part of the radio shows and public service announcements (PSAs) produced by the team of young reporters.
Operation Asha shared their TB...
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...