We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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...
Over five thousand miles may separate us, but I found much in common with our youth reporters in Zambia. We want the best for our communities and young people and we all feel we have a role in bringing about the change we need to see to make that happen. Whether that is at home in the United Kingdom or Kitwe, Zambia.
Usually I spend my days hunting down funds and promoting the work of CRF in the United Kingdom. I spend my days on conference calls, hovering over spreadsheets and nights worrying about funding. It is a welcome, refreshing change to visit our youth reporters in Kitwe.
We arrived on World Water Day and spent the day with youth, visiting a local river. They told us the river was polluted and that when it floods, the children can’t cross to get to school and many people who are dependent on the local charcoal trade have their livelihoods cut off. In the face of this, not despair but activism; making radio broadcasts to...
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.
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.