We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
With a legacy donation from the Von Clemm Family Foundation, we recently started a project in Tanzania focusing on education around tuberculosis (TB). The project, based in Mwanza, kicked off its activities in February through our local partner, the Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN).
Fifteen young reporters, all below 18 years, were trained in an intensive 3-day workshop on how to use radio as a tool to raise awareness on TB issues. During the training workshop, the youth had information sessions with TB experts from the Ministry of Health’s TB program based in Mwanza. The youth also visited three TB clinics within the Mwanza community to get a deeper sense of what TB testing and treatment entails, and to interact with and interview patients attending the clinics. These interviews formed part of the radio shows and public service announcements (PSAs) produced by the team of young reporters.
Operation Asha shared their TB...
March 21st was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and Human Rights Day in South Africa. Our Freedom campaign around this day focused on sharing audio clips from a series of podcasts produced about migration and xenophobia.
Listen to Ellie’s full story of migrating from Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC) to South Africa alone as a child. “I remember the word of my parents were that ‘We don’t want to see you cry’, and those were the only words I remember from my mommy.” – Ellie, 18 years.
The Migration Podcasts are produced by Yumna Martin and created in partnership with Open Society Foundation.
An inspirational story of Theo Ndindwa who becomes a ballet dancer almost by accident, but discovers that it is his life path. Now Theo is the executive director of iKapa Dance Theatre in Cape Town.
A 16 year old youth reporter from the rural town of Cala in South Africa shares her beautiful story of being given the opportunity to host a music chat show for her community radio station, Vukani FM. With the money she earns, she can help provide for her family.
‘My name is Siphosethu Adam, I am a 16 year old youth reporter in Cala. I represent iSkeem Somthombo Wolwazi for the best community radio station in the cool Eastern Cape province. I have been in the project for 2 years now, and my roles in the show are to host and research for the show.
These roles have helped in shaping who I am today, because before the project I had no self-confidence and mostly I was afraid to let my voice out. There were times I felt too little, like I did not belong in the world and I could not let my opinions be heard by others at school. But now I can proudly stand in the crowd and stand for what I feel is right and also I can help other young...
A few days before the 2016 Youth Radio Awards, we received some some coverage on Umhlobo Wenene FM, the second largest radio station in the South Africa.
Our Young Reporters Network (YRN) project co-ordinator, Busi Hoho chatted to Lulu Haarmans on the ‘Khanya Gqiyazana’ women’s show about the network of young reporters across South Africa that broadcast radio content on a weekly basis, and the power of radio in general. Busi also spoke on air about the differences and similarities of the stories being told by South Africa youth and youth in our other projects in Africa in Zambia, Tanzania, Liberia, Ivory Coast and the DRC. Mostly, we’ve discovered that youth across Africa are dealing with similar issues that affect them and their communities.