We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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...
On September 16th, several students from Centre Of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha, attended the morning plenary at the Global Evidence Summit, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The objective of this summit was to advance the use of reliable research evidence in addressing the world’s most serious health and social challenges. Accompanied by our new mentor, Unathi Ndiki, programme manager Linda Daniels as well as the school principal, Phadiela Cooper, the young reporters had the opportunity to interview each of the presenting experts on the topic of evidence in a post-truth world. These reports will be used in their broadcasts at school.
Take a listen to the interview the young reporters did with public health researcher and advocate, Caroline Weinberg at the Summit.
For more information see this website: www.globalevidencesummit.org
It’s youth reporter Getrude Clement again, doing great work representing youth from Tanzania and across Africa. This time she presented at the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) conference in Stockholm, Sweden at the beginning of September.
Getrude is a 17-year-old youth reporter with Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN) and part of the Young Reporters Network in Tanzania. She and her fellow youth reporters host weekly radio shows, talking about various issues that affect young people in her community, including sexual reproductive health, human rights, education and the effects of climate change on children in her hometown, Mwanza. She was invited to speak about access to clean water at a fundraising event in Sweden, which formed part of the global World Water Week conference.
Thanks to the Operakällaren Foundation, and UNICEF Tanzania for supporting Gertrude to speak in Sweden on behalf of #everychild in Tanzania. We...
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!
Our Cape Town based staff and South African regional trainers recently participated in a two-day training with Gun Free South Africa, ahead of our European union funded community safety project.
Adele Kirsten, the director of Gun Free South Africa facilitated the interactive training along with her colleague Nurahn Ryklief, Communications and Community Development Officer. Here, the team are doing a community mapping exercise, reflecting on personal gun violence experiences.