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...
New issue-based training kicked off in Lusaka, Zambia this past week. Young reporters learnt new ideas on the topic of water, droughts and floods to implement new radio shows at their community radio stations.
In the last 30 years, the temperature has been increasing at 0.6 degrees per decade in Zambia and all areas in the country have been experiencing climatic changes, which have contributed to floods and droughts. The training for our young reporters focuses on these issues, giving capacity to the youth reporters so that they can produce more shows on floods and droughts and help find solutions. Our regional manager, Leader Kanyiki (in the red shirt) is traveling to all the young reporter sites to support them with the training.
I am Pamela Mihle Hlazo, and I am 30 years of age. I was born in the Pondoland side of the former Transkei (Ngqeleni). I am the second born out of four. I am currently a presenter at Unitra Community Radio FM and an LLB student at University of South Africa. I am also a mother of two boys.
How did you get involved with CRF?
In 2014 Mike and the former regional trainer Tabiso approached the station and then they finalised the deal to work together. A suggestion was made to the station manager, Mr Mtshandu to select the mentor and chose me, after he noticed my efforts around the station.
What is the best part of being a facilitator, and your highlight of 2016?
Having to work with the youth and being exposed to the challenges that they face is something that I didn’t care about before. The program has given me maturity and made me a better person and a good mentor. My hightlight for 2016 was winning the award for the ‘Best Story on...
Kicking off 2017, we launch a new project in Tanzania, with the support of the Von Clemm Trust, that will use the power of radio to raise awareness around the prevention, transmission and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in children in Tanzania.
TB takes a heavy toll on the country’s youth, and the rest of the population, with approximately 170,000 cases and 58,000 deaths every year – even though drugs for treatment are readily available. The fight against TB isn’t a scientific or biological challenge, it’s an educational one. Our goal is to reduce the impact of TB among young people in Tanzania, and this project, supported by the Von Clemm Trust, will train, support and mentor 15 young reporters to create regular radio programmes about the disease.
Working with our partner organisation in Tanzania, the Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN) and along with the support of Operation Asha, we will address social issues...
We’ve entered the world of VR (virtual reality) with our new film created by Rowan Pybus and Sydelle Willow Smith of Makhulu. This film about the street youth in our ‘Mugongo Ya Muana’ project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has it’s story explained in the youth culture Huck magazine.
Read more about the experience of director Rowan Pybus in making the VR film, and more about how the children and young adults living in the slums are empowered through the radio work they do. The magazine describes itself as ‘inspired by radical youth culture, Huck roams the globe seeking out artists, activists and creative renegades who are breaking down the old world to build something new’.
Great work team, and onwards to new forms of storytelling!