We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
World Children’s Day 2018 addressed the issue of safety and the right to live free from harm. Globally young people took a stand to make their voices heard, and use various platforms to share their opinions. Our youth reporters at our projects in Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa and Ivory Coast were involved in a number of activities.
In South Africa, we had two youth reporters from Alex FM host the UNICEF Facebook Live event, which addressed bullying and safety for young people. Mary-Ann Nobele and Palesa Motaung were sensitive hosts to the event hosted at Ndalo Media in Johannesburg, which was also broadcast via Facebook Live. They spoke about bullying, mental health and how young people can make powerful choices. You can see the live event video here.
In Zambia, our partners Agents of Change Foundation, along with UNICEF Zambia and Global Platform, hosted a symposium ahead of World Childrens’ Day, and facilitated the ‘kids...
The Children’s Radio Foundation launches two new project sites in Ivory Coast. This brings our total up to 10 project sites across the country, and with it a whole new cohort of enthusiastic young people on their way to producing powerful radio.
Without a CRF team on the ground in Ivory Coast, we rely on the help of our implementing partners, Association des Scouts Catholiques de Cote d’Ivoire and UNICEF Cote D’Ivoire, to train and support our youth reporters. Our most recent training session, facilitated by Clemence Petit-Perrot and Leader Kanyiki took place in Daloa in central Ivory Coast, and was geared towards equipping our implementing partners, our trainers and our youth reporters with the skills they’ll need to run our two new sites – one in Daloa and one in Soubré, which brings the total number of CRF sites up to 10 across the Ivory Coast.
15 young reporters have been recruited at each new site, and the shows produced...
Young reporters Wily, 16 years old and Ines, 17 years old, meet with parents in the streets of Abidjan to discuss behavior of adolescents at home, for the weekly radio show. Our Ivory Coast youth reporters broadcast a weekly show from 10 different community radio stations across the country.
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!
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...