We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Congratulations to our talented youth reporter, Beatrice Phiri, who came second in an Africa Directions ‘Girls Day’ competition in Lusaka, Zambia! She has now been given an opportunity to work with Hot FM radio station where she will be presenting a show on Sexual Reproductive Health.
The competition included girls competing in radio presenting and DJ-ing, with the aim to promote more girls to talk about Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) on radio. Beatrice was part of the 20 girls that were shortlisted to be taught in radio production and SRHR. Africa Directions want to encourage girls to venture in career fields that are perceived to be male dominated and also to give them a deeper understanding of sexual and reproductive health. The event was created in partnership with Plan International Zambia.
“The auditions were super tough, the girls are super talented”, said Beatrice. “Thank you so much Africa Directions for giving...
New issue-based training kicked off in Lusaka, Zambia this past week. Young reporters learnt new ideas on the topic of water, droughts and floods to implement new radio shows at their community radio stations.
In the last 30 years, the temperature has been increasing at 0.6 degrees per decade in Zambia and all areas in the country have been experiencing climatic changes, which have contributed to floods and droughts. The training for our young reporters focuses on these issues, giving capacity to the youth reporters so that they can produce more shows on floods and droughts and help find solutions. Our regional manager, Leader Kanyiki (in the red shirt) is traveling to all the young reporter sites to support them with the training.
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.
‘Beatrice’, the film we produced with Sydelle Willow Smith and Makhulu received a Special Mention in the global Film4Climate Competition!
This video was produced with Beatrice Phiri, one of our youth reporters from Zambia who is doing amazing work as a climate change activist and child ambassador for UNICEF Zambia. In the video, Beatrice explains how climate change became personal when Zambia started facing irregular electricity and water supply. Beatrice uses radio to share her message and use her voice to educate about deforestation, pollution and other environmental challenges in her country.
The winners of the competition were announced at the United Nations Climate Conference (UNFCCC) at COP22 on Saturday, November 13th. The announcement was made at a day celebrating the power of youth, cinema and the creative industries to generate climate action and tackle climate change. Out of 864 entries from 155 countries, our film...