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