We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Updates from our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo: youth reporters from Inga, near the Congo River in western DRC, have recently completed refresher radio training with our regional trainer, Joachim Ambambo.
During the training the reporters visited the village of Kinzambi, 20 km from the city of Inga to hear from the inhabitants. Here they are speaking to an elderly gentleman from the village.
The ‘Dream Achievers’ youth reporters in Qwa-Qwa have just announced the winners in their adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights (ASRHR) regional competition, called My Body, My Rights.
Supported by Save the Children, the clinic-based youth reporter group created the competition, to learn from young people in their community what their challenges and barriers to sexual health education and services are, and to explore, discover and promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights and knowledge around teenage pregnancy.
After intense planning, with mentorship from our regional trainer Andile Msomi, the team spent a few months promoting the competition at thirteen schools in the Phuthaditjaba region, including two outreach events at schools, and produced short adverts that were aired on Qwa-Qwa Radio. A total of 84 entries were received, and after the judging process, the team hosted an outreach event on April 21st...
Monde Ndelu was a reporter for two years with Vibrant Youth Young Reporters from Vibe FM in Kwazulu-Natal. He feels honoured to have had the opportunity to work with CRF in making South Africa a better country for its youth.
Location: KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
What is your background: My name is Monde Ndelu. I was a young reporter for the Children’s Radio Foundation based in Durban. I grew up in Kwamashu in Durban, living with my father’s family. I went to Roseland Primary School, and Huntroad Secondary School. I have a certificate in Supply Chain Management.
How did you get involved with CRF: I got involved with CRF after being invited to participate in a focus group discussion, where we were discussing issues that affect the community. A friend of mine, who was already a young reporter, asked me to participate in the workshop. At the workshop I was approached by Bongs (the facilitator) and Andile (the regional...
Ivory Coast young reporters, along with young reporters from the DRC, South Africa, and Zambia made their voices heard at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Abidjan in December 2017.
Hosting the pop-up radio station, our team of young reporters were great ambassadors for the Children’s Radio Foundation, demonstrating their professionalism, passion and thoughtfulness to the topics discussed during the live shows they produced and presented. Here Marie Olive Traoré, a young reporter from Ivory Coast is interviewed by her fellow young reporter outside the conference building.
If you would like to see more pictures from the conference, click here.
Name of staff member: Unathi Ndiki
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
What is your background?
I am from East London, in the Eastern Cape province. I would like to describe myself as an artist, an art activist. I have background in performance art theatre. I am also an entrepreneur, and I have a company called Railway Communication, which is concerned with book publishing.
How did you get involved with CRF?
I recently applied for a job at the organisation. Being with CRF is an opportunity to inspire young people to express themselves using radio, and also for them to tell their own stories.
What makes you excited to go to work every day?
To learn from young reporters, to facilitate a conducive learning environment for all of us. I believe that we need to pay particular attention to the issues that young people are dealing with so as to find workable solutions that will be good to everyone.
What has been the highlight of your...