We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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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This World Children’s Day, children and youth took centre stage! Along with UNICEF in Zambia and South Africa, we planned a number of exciting #kidstakeover activities within the professional media sector and at the National Assembly of Zambia.
World Children’s Day is a global day celebrated each year on November 20th, where children around the world came together to help save children’s lives, to fight for their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. The idea is that World Children’s Day is ‘brought by children to children.’ We had young reporters represented in the broadcast media on television and radio, and in the print media. And young people in Zambia took part in a parliamentary caucus on children, voicing their opinions on health, education and many more issues.
In South Africa, our youth reporters were featured as guests on national radio SAFM, speaking with Naledi Moleo on her show, and also with Shado Twala...
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...