We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Universal Access to Information Day is celebrated by UNESCO each year on September 28th. We acknowledge this day, as we believe that youth have the right to know the facts, services, and stories that build more peaceful and open societies.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information aims to raise awareness of how media and universal access to information are important aspects of ensuring sustainable development. Access to information brings people together, encourages us to ask questions, and allows us to make informed decisions about our futures. Radio remains one of the most powerful media tools to get vital information to the public. We appreciate the 727 youth reporters across 79 radio station projects in Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast who share information, generate dialogue, and inspire action in and beyond their communities!
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...
Updates from our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo: youth reporters from Inga, near the Congo River in western DRC, have recently completed refresher radio training with our regional trainer, Joachim Ambambo.
During the training the reporters visited the village of Kinzambi, 20 km from the city of Inga to hear from the inhabitants. Here they are speaking to an elderly gentleman from the village.
World Radio Day 2018 has come and gone, and we are richer for it! Young reporters from across our projects in Africa celebrated RADIO and its power to connect, advocate, and mobilize for positive transformation.
Across Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia, youth reporters create radio broadcasts to address a range of human rights issues they face in order to improve their lives, communities, and beyond. For World Radio Day 2018, an annual UNESCO observance day, youth reporters shared their ideas and thoughts on the power of RADIO. They sent us their photos and quotes answering ‘What does radio mean to you?’ which we shared across our social media platforms for World Radio Day. We are proud and deeply grateful to work with so many courageous and committed young people, mentors, radio station staff, partners and supporters!
Here are a handful of the inspiring and powerful...
The 19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) begins today in Abidjan, Ivory Coast! Youth reporters from Ivory Coast, Zambia, the DRC and South Africa come together to provide live coverage from our pop-up radio station at the conference.
With the support of UNICEF Zambia, UNICEF Cote d’Ivoire, our 12 youth reporters are hosting discussions and debates about HIV prevention, youth-friendly services and navigating treatment and care. They will speak to to experts, researchers and specialists during this week, and attend sessions and discussions, and bring their unique adolescent perspective. You can follow the live broadcast online at this link: www.childrensradiofoundation.org/listen
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