We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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.
Our radio work with young people across Africa was recently featured in the Radio World international publication, a radio industry magazine.
The article ‘CRF Grooms Child Broadcasters’, written by John Musuku, a journalist based in Harare, Zimbabwe gives the international radio community more insight into our work and our beginnings as an organisation. Click here to read the article on page 16.
Twins Avuyile and Agcobile were ‘Breaking New Grounds’ youth reporters at Forte FM in Alice, a rural town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. They have since graduated out of our programme as they are currently in their final year of school. Their mother Nosipho shares her views about the involvement of her children with the Children’s Radio Foundation.
Name of parent: Nosipho Msutwana
Location: Eastern Cape, Alice.
Name of children: Twins Avuyile and Agcobile Msutwana
Age: 17 years old
How did you come to enroll your children in the CRF program? I wanted them to be busy when they were out of the school environment. I did not know that radio would influence them so much that they would become so well informed.
How long have your children been a part of the program? They enrolled at different times, one started in December 2015 and the other January 2016.
What difference do you think the program has made in your child’s life? How...
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...