We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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.
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.
A powerful Call to Action was formulated by youth in the AIDS 2016 pre-conference session ‘In Our Voice’. Click the link to read the demands of youth for holistic efforts to address the realities that young people face that are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
In Our Voice Youth Call to Action
©International AIDS Society/Marcus Rose
We’re Live! Our Pop-up radio station at the International AIDS Conference in Durban is live and our young reporters from Tanzania, Zambia, Ivory Coast, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) start broadcasting full time on Tuesday 19 July.
To join the estimated 8 million listeners across Africa, find our live radio streaming link. Our team of 16 youth reporters have honed their radio skills in the areas of research, interviewing, and content production. They are all involved in regular broadcasting and “narrowcasting” at their respective local community and school stations. With the pop-up station at AIDS 2016, they hope to foster youth expression, debate, and to keep decision-makers on their toes and hold them to account.
The young reporters will challenge delegates and experts to engage with them on topics such as stigma, LGBTI issues, treatment and youth-friendly services, bringing a ‘hard talk’ youth...
One of our young reporters, Monique Hansen brings the reality of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to us through this sensitive interview with a South African woman who has been cut.
February 6th 2016 was International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice can scar girls for life, endangering their health and depriving them of their rights, and the chance to reach their full potential. If we are to abandon this practice, we need to involve whole communities, and focus on raising awareness about human rights and gender equality.
Listen to the interview here, which also aired on our Radio...