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
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Name of staff member: Unathi Ndiki
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
What is your background?
I am from East London, in the Eastern Cape province. I would like to describe myself as an artist, an art activist. I have background in performance art theatre. I am also an entrepreneur, and I have a company called Railway Communication, which is concerned with book publishing.
How did you get involved with CRF?
I recently applied for a job at the organisation. Being with CRF is an opportunity to inspire young people to express themselves using radio, and also for them to tell their own stories.
What makes you excited to go to work every day?
To learn from young reporters, to facilitate a conducive learning environment for all of us. I believe that we need to pay particular attention to the issues that young people are dealing with so as to find workable solutions that will be good to everyone.
What has been the highlight of your...
South African Nolusindiso Mguye was invited to attend and introduce her video on stage at the Global Citizens Festival in the USA. Here she reflects on her trip.
“My trip to New York City was a great experience and a life-time opportunity. It was amazing! At the Global Citizen festival I had the greatest time of my life, and so much fun… I met people such as Ndaba Mandela, Jeff Radebe, and I met Whoopie Goldberg back stage. She is an inspiration to me!
I was shaking in my boots as I was due to go on stage but I managed to calm down. I couldn’t believe that I was standing in front of 60 000 people and talking freely. I touched many people when my video was screened, and a lot of people said how courageous I was. I should keep on doing what I am doing and help other people and change their lives. It’s been such a great experience and I really enjoyed my time there. I thank Genevieve [US CRF colleague] for always being with me, taking...
On September 16th, several students from Centre Of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha, attended the morning plenary at the Global Evidence Summit, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The objective of this summit was to advance the use of reliable research evidence in addressing the world’s most serious health and social challenges. Accompanied by our new mentor, Unathi Ndiki, programme manager Linda Daniels as well as the school principal, Phadiela Cooper, the young reporters had the opportunity to interview each of the presenting experts on the topic of evidence in a post-truth world. These reports will be used in their broadcasts at school.
Take a listen to the interview the young reporters did with public health researcher and advocate, Caroline Weinberg at the Summit.
For more information see this website: www.globalevidencesummit.org
An average of 16 people are killed every day through gun violence in South Africa. Youth reporters from Alex FM in Gauteng share their thoughts and feelings about guns and violence.
The youth talk about the many incidents of violence where guns have had a major and devastating effect. This audio piece forms part of our new project, in partnership with the European Union and Gun Free South Africa, which gets young people to ignite community dialogues about youth experiences of violence, to promote safer communities.
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