We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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
To follow all the action, stay tuned to our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Our radio work with young people across Africa was recently featured in the Radio World international publication, a radio industry magazine.
The article ‘CRF Grooms Child Broadcasters’, written by John Musuku, a journalist based in Harare, Zimbabwe gives the international radio community more insight into our work and our beginnings as an organisation. Click here to read the article on page 16.
Our projects in the DRC have attracted quite a bit of press coverage in the last few months, with the most recent being an online article in Equal Times.
Equal Times is a global news and opinion website (based in Europe) focusing on labour, human rights, culture, development, the environment, politics and the economy from a social justice perspective. The article, ‘Teen reporters in Kinshasa stand up for the rights of children‘ written by Christopher Clark, features some of our youth reporters from our Mugongo Ya Muana project in Kinshasa, and how our project aligns with the UNICEF DRC’s child partcipation programme. Read the article here.
Here you can read the article in French. (Photos by Sydelle Willow Smith)
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.