We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Young reporters Wily, 16 years old and Ines, 17 years old, meet with parents in the streets of Abidjan to discuss behavior of adolescents at home, for the weekly radio show. Our Ivory Coast youth reporters broadcast a weekly show from 10 different community radio stations across the country.
World Sight Day is commemorated each year on October 11th. This year our Zambian partners Agents of Change Foundation participated in a special event in Mulfira in the Copperbelt Province, raising awareness about eye health and promoting eye checkups.
The theme for the event was ‘Eye Care Everywhere’. In partnership with DFID Zambia and The Zambian Ministry of Health, and with support from Orbis Africa, our youth reporters conduct a radio listening survey, and reported on the event. The youth reporters broadcast live from Mufulira town on Radio Ichengelo 88.9 and 102.9 mhz, and have been actively promoting eye health in their regular radio shows.
Great work Agents Of Change Foundation team!
Recently we welcomed 50 young reporters from across South Africa to Cape Town for the 2018 Youth Radio Awards! This 5th annual event celebrates the youth we work with, for the community stories around various social issues that they have captured, and shared with their listeners.
The Awards ceremony took place on October 5th, at the Alliance Francaise in Cape Town, and this year we saw some new faces as youth reporter coming from Emalahleni FM in Mpumalanga, Umgungudlovu FM in KwaZulu-Natal, and a health-focused youth reporting group from Qwaqwa Radio.
The Youth Radio Awards ceremony celebrates the exceptional radio craft of these young broadcasters. They are awarded for their ability to tell focussed, creative, powerful stories that reflect the lives of young people and their community. This year we received over 100 submissions which were independently judged by a professional panel. These are the winners for 2018:
“We had so much fun and interviewed a lot of people, that our tiny brains could not even contain the amount of inspiration we were exposed to!” This is what youth reporter Kananelo from Aganang FM shared after attending the performance of the Minnesota Orchestra in Johannesburg recently.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s historical tour to South Africa was the first time a professional U.S. orchestra has ever toured to the country. A few youth reporters from our South Africa projects had the opportunity to attend performances in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg. For many this was a first time to attend such a large-scale concert performance, with 250 performers on tour, including the orchestra and choir. The tour drew together diverse performers and music styles, all in connection with a worldwide celebration of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, on the centenary of his birth.
Skhathesihle from Vibe FM in...
Location: Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa
What is your background?
I am 20 years old, and my family of four consists of my mother, brother and stepdad. But now I am living with my grandmother. I am a strong-minded young man who does not conform to society’s expectations and who does not let past experience block my view for greater things in future. I passed my Matric in 2016 at Jabavu Senior Secondary School.
How did you get involved with CRF?
A mini meeting was held at one of our local NGOs, Isibindi, and I was one of those young people who were selected, after being tested for my speech skills, and delivering my knowledge about radio.
How was the experience?
My experience with the program was life changing. Literally from a young boy, who then blossomed into a confident man in a space of a year. I learnt new things in each and every topic we covered and radio show we produced. And the technical things of course, for example...