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We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives

LGBTI Exhibition shares Cape Town stories with the public

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Our Cape Town based staff and South African regional trainers recently participated in a two-day training with Gun Free South Africa, ahead of our European union funded community safety project.

Adele Kirsten, the director of Gun Free South Africa facilitated the interactive training along with her colleague Nurahn Ryklief, Communications and Community Development Officer. Here, the team are doing a community mapping exercise, reflecting on personal gun violence experiences.

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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.

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The #IASYouthVoices initiative returns with new stories from young people on how HIV affects their lives. ‘PrEP and Proud’ is Kyle’s story, the first in a series of six powerful films from across Africa.

“I feel like most young men who have sex with men are invisible in the eyes of health workers.” – Kyle, Johannesburg, South Africa.

In collaboration with the International AIDS Society, filmmakers Makhulu and photographer Sydelle Willow Smith, we share new stories and perspectives of youth who are speaking out about their experiences and needs in the HIV response. Kyle is a 21 year old man living in Johannesburg, South Africa. He speaks about the challenges of accessing Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), an anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected.

We are in post production with Makhulu on more stories from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  These films will be shared ahead of the...

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Twins Avuyile and Agcobile were ‘Breaking New Grounds’ youth reporters at Forte FM in Alice, a rural town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. They have since graduated out of our programme as they are currently in their final year of school. Their mother Nosipho shares her views about the involvement of her children with the Children’s Radio Foundation.

Name of parent: Nosipho Msutwana

Location: Eastern Cape, Alice.

Name of children: Twins Avuyile and Agcobile Msutwana

Age: 17 years old

How did you come to enroll your children in the CRF program? I wanted them to be busy when they were out of the school environment. I did not know that radio would influence them so much that they would become so well informed.

How long have your children been a part of the program? They enrolled at different times, one started in December 2015 and the other January 2016.

What difference do you think the program has made in your child’s life? How...

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The Optimistic Youth Reporters from Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha have been part of an exciting audio exchange with a group of young people called Dreamsquad in the Bronx in New York City. The youth finally met up in a live video link earlier this month after several weeks of exchanging recordings about issues in their communities.

Dreamsquad is a group of young people who participate in after school art programmes at the organisation DreamYard, which is based in the Bronx, in New York, USA. DreamYard is one of the largest arts providers in the Bronx and a nationally recognized community arts organization that uses the arts, digital tools, and social justice to transform students, schools, and communities.

Dreamsquad were trained in foundational radio techniques by CRF’s Linda Daniels ahead of the exchange. Both groups of young people underwent a community mapping exercise where they identified major...

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