We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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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This week, CRF Global Youth Ambassador Brighton Kaoma met with President Barack Obama at the Obama Foundation to discuss the role of young African leaders in bringing about sustainable solutions to the challenges their communities face.
Being the only young African to meet President Obama from a pool of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows of 2017 was a life changing experience for Brighton. He says, “During my half an hour meeting with President Barack Obama, we discussed issues around the global threat of climate change and why it’s relevant for each and everyone to rise to the occasion and act to mitigate and adapt to this challenge of our generation.”
We congratulate you Brighton, and are so proud of all that you have been doing and stand for!
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.
The #IASYouthVoices initiative returns with new stories from young people on how HIV affects their lives. ‘PrEP and Proud’ is Kyle’s story, the first in a series of six powerful films from across Africa.
“I feel like most young men who have sex with men are invisible in the eyes of health workers.” – Kyle, Johannesburg, South Africa.
In collaboration with the International AIDS Society, filmmakers Makhulu and photographer Sydelle Willow Smith, we share new stories and perspectives of youth who are speaking out about their experiences and needs in the HIV response. Kyle is a 21 year old man living in Johannesburg, South Africa. He speaks about the challenges of accessing Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), an anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected.
We are in post production with Makhulu on more stories from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. These films will be shared ahead of the...