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!
Two youth reporters, from Zambia and South Africa, recently represented the Children’s Radio Foundation and their countries in San Francisco, USA at the International Congress of Youth Voices!
In partnership with The Guardian, the International Congress of Youth Voices united 100 students from around the world to learn with and from accomplished writers, activists, and elected officials. Beatrice Phiri and Itumeleng Banda were chosen as delegates based on their commitment to leadership and social justice, passion for storytelling, and eloquence as writers.
Beatrice and Itumeleng met with fellow youth delegates from around the world in a weekend full of hands-on workshops and mentoring sessions with activists and accomplished writers, such as Chimamanda Adichie and Dave Eggers, who also initiated the congress. Both reporters enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with their international peers on ways to strategically mobilize social...
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...
To celebrate World Radio Day, the Queen’s Young Leaders organization in the United Kingdom ‘Leading Change‘ published a story about one of our former youth reporters, now CRF partner – Brighton Kaoma.
Brighton is the director of our partner organization in Zambia, the Agents of Change Foundation and he shared his story of meeting President Barrack Obama at the end of last year in a message to all his supporters. Read his message to his ‘guardian angels’ on the Queen’s Young Leaders website.
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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