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The Children’s Radio Foundation and Cumii, Econet’s technology company, are launching a joint pilot market research project with community radio stations across Africa to create opportunities for youth to earn an income as data collectors and researchers in their local communities.

Launched on Youth Day, 16 June 2018, the Tasknites Youth Employment Initiative provides youth with opportunities to learn valuable technology and research skills, to become more self-sufficient, and to serve as positive influencers in their communities. Requiring only basic training and an app on their mobile phone, the program will recruit youth across Africa to download the app and sign up as Tasknites.

Operating in seven countries, the Tasknites programme provides an employment platform for unemployed, under-utilised and skilled youth, with a special focus on young women. Recruitees are trained on how to use their mobile devices to conduct real-time...

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Our pop-up radio station recently surfaced again, this time in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Menell Media Exchange 2017!

Young Reporters from Mamelodi’s community radio station Mams FM 92.9 and Alexandra Township’s ALEX FM 89.1 joined hundreds of reporters, producers, journalists, and presenters from commercial and public service media at the Duke Mennel Media Exchange conference. We hosted a pop-up radio booth which narrow-casted in the conference venue, where the youth reporters go to speak ‘on-air’ to people working in the journalism sector.

Three young people also presented in a Community Journalism spotlight workshop about how they manage their roles as youth reporters and what the experience has done for their self confidence and interest in the world around them.

Alex FM presenter Neo “Cappuccino” Dithloiso (pictured) says: “My highlights were networking with the big players and interviewing influential people...

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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...

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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...

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The Optimistic Youth Reporters from Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha have been part of an exciting audio exchange with a group of young people called Dreamsquad in the Bronx in New York City. The youth finally met up in a live video link earlier this month after several weeks of exchanging recordings about issues in their communities.

Dreamsquad is a group of young people who participate in after school art programmes at the organisation DreamYard, which is based in the Bronx, in New York, USA. DreamYard is one of the largest arts providers in the Bronx and a nationally recognized community arts organization that uses the arts, digital tools, and social justice to transform students, schools, and communities.

Dreamsquad were trained in foundational radio techniques by CRF’s Linda Daniels ahead of the exchange. Both groups of young people underwent a community mapping exercise where they identified major...

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