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.
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...
Some of our CRF team attended the 2016 Skoll World Forum in Oxford in April. This annual event brings together creative and ambitious leaders, thinkers, artists, and innovators to inspire and challenge each other in entrepreneurial approaches to global challenges. Our youth ambassador Brighton Mukupa Kaoma, our patron Rev. Mpho Tutu, and our President Charlotte Bannister-Parker interacted with all levels of social entrepreneurs and thought leaders.
Charlotte Bannister-Parker shares her reflections on the Forum: “It was an uplifting and inspiring event for all of us, but most importantly it was a great affirmation of all the amazing work that we at the Children’s Radio Foundation do. Again and again we heard that the solution to global issues rests in the hands of young people. Everywhere you turned there were extraordinarily bright people putting their lives on the line to change the world”. Some highlights for us were:
Ten young reporters from Wallingford, in the UK spent some time in Western Kenya in October last year, volunteering, interacting with other young people, and sharing experiences as school-going youth.
The 10-day visit by a team of young reporters from Wallingford School to rural Musanda village was facilitated by the Nasio Trust. The UK youth visited daycare centres, the maternity wing of a hospital, and the homes of local people. They also helped build a basic house for a widowed community member in need and volunteered at a medical foot care event at a primary school, in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross.
But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the trip was the radio interchange sessions between the British and Kenyan youth! After learning some basic skills in using the recorders from the Wallingford youth, everyone participated in conducting interviews with each other. They had some lively debates and conversations about...