We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
March 21st was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and Human Rights Day in South Africa. Our Freedom campaign around this day focused on sharing audio clips from a series of podcasts produced about migration and xenophobia.
Listen to Ellie’s full story of migrating from Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC) to South Africa alone as a child. “I remember the word of my parents were that ‘We don’t want to see you cry’, and those were the only words I remember from my mommy.” – Ellie, 18 years.
The Migration Podcasts are produced by Yumna Martin and created in partnership with Open Society Foundation.
This year on World Radio Day we took to our social media channels and got everyone involved in sharing what radio means to them! ‘Radio is YOU!’ was the theme for 2017, and we asked our community to reflect on this and share themselves.
Here are some of the best quotes we received on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from our community of youth reporters across Africa.
“Radio is the best way of passing information and solving conflicts in the society”, says Catherine, a youth reporter from Mwanza, Tanzania.
“Radio is freedom of speech, justice and the voice of the people” Andile Msomi, regional facilitator in South Africa.
“Radio helps us children to amplify our voices and get connected with our peers, parents and leaders. Radio is development” – Bahati Rajabu, young reporter from Mwanza, Tanzania.
“Radio is a platform where people share experiences. Radio is LIFE,” shared Alex, a youth reporter in Mwanza, Tanzania.
We’ve entered the world of VR (virtual reality) with our new film created by Rowan Pybus and Sydelle Willow Smith of Makhulu. This film about the street youth in our ‘Mugongo Ya Muana’ project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has it’s story explained in the youth culture Huck magazine.
Read more about the experience of director Rowan Pybus in making the VR film, and more about how the children and young adults living in the slums are empowered through the radio work they do. The magazine describes itself as ‘inspired by radical youth culture, Huck roams the globe seeking out artists, activists and creative renegades who are breaking down the old world to build something new’.
Great work team, and onwards to new forms of storytelling!
Interview with Prince Harry and Elton John at the International AIDS Conference 2016 from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.
During the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, two of our youth reporters had the fantastic opportunity to have a sit-down interview with Prince Harry of Wales and legendary singer, Elton John. Here is the interview that went live to the world in July 2016! This was one of the highlights of the year for us.
On Universal Children’s Day, November 20th, our street youth reporters in Kinshasa advocate for their rights. They observed this day together with church members and pastors from the ‘Assemblies of God’ Church, in the municipality of Kisensu in the DRC. This day observed by the United Nations, is celebrated each year to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
After the main church sermon, our partner from REEJER, Denis Mabwa introduced the issue of child witchcraft, and three testimonial stories were shared by the youth reporters. Our partners were given a space to talk about how the Church can play a negative role in not only the rejection and abandonment of children accused of witchcraft but also to entrench this belief of child witches in the community. It was pointed out that some point in Kinshasa, out of 100% of so-called street...