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LGBTI Exhibition shares Cape Town stories with the public

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Young Reporters at pop-up radio booth at Menell Media Exchange 2017

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Linda Daniels (centre)

The Children’s Radio Foundation is thrilled to announce that our WhatsApp radio integration initiative with the Media Development Investment Fund won the African Digital Media Award for Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences!

On the 23rd of November 2018, Linda Daniels, the project manager of our WhatsApp radio integration initiative, accepted the African Digital Media Award for Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences on behalf of the Children’s Radio Foundation. Organised in Johannesburg by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the African Digital Media Awards is reputed to be “the most prestigious competition in the industry for publishers to benchmark their digital offerings,” and receiving it gives recognition to the Children’s Radio Foundation’s investment as an organisation in community radio, and in particular our efforts in finding innovative ways to capacitate this under-resourced sector...

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We are proud to announce that one of our project partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jeunialissime, an LGBTI youth advocacy group based in Kinshasa, have recently won second prize in the NOW-Us! Awards at the Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam.

The NOW-Us! Awards recognize projects that support thus far unheard voices to express their views and demand their right to be heard and included. Three initiatives that work to empower marginalized groups were selected and awarded cash prizes.

We partner with Jeunialissime to implement the LGBTI Youth Radio Initiative, which develops the communication capacity of LGBTI activists and human rights groups in Kinshasa. The programs advance LGBTI rights, erode stigma, and improve access to health services. Read here to find out the context of this radio initiative, and the impact that it can have in the DRC LGBTI community.

You can read more about their work in this recent...

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Two youth reporters, from Zambia and South Africa, recently represented the Children’s Radio Foundation and their countries in San Francisco, USA at the International Congress of Youth Voices!

In partnership with The Guardian, the International Congress of Youth Voices united 100 students from around the world to learn with and from accomplished writers, activists, and elected officials. Beatrice Phiri and Itumeleng Banda were chosen as delegates based on their commitment to leadership and social justice, passion for storytelling, and eloquence as writers.

Beatrice and Itumeleng met with fellow youth delegates from around the world in a weekend full of hands-on workshops and mentoring sessions with activists and accomplished writers, such as Chimamanda Adichie and Dave Eggers, who also initiated the congress. Both reporters enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with their international peers on ways to strategically mobilize social...

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Maryam Charles, our youth facilitator at Zapha+ in Zanzibar,  has proudly completed a course in film and video production at the Kilimanjaro Film Institute at Arusha, Tanzania.

Maryam shares her excitement and confidence that the 6 month course gave her, and plans to prepare training for the youth reporters in the basics of camera and editing skills.

Other than camera operating and an introduction to editing, she also focused on storytelling and creativity skills. “The training was good, I liked the way the teachers gave practical exercises. Their effort, advice and flexibility during the training was so great.”

“At the end of the course I am happy to say that the training has been so successful, the skills and confidence I acquired is more than I expected. ”

If you are interested in seeing more, these are samples of films which Maryam was responsible for story development and editing:

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This World Children’s Day, children and youth took centre stage! Along with UNICEF in Zambia and South Africa, we planned a number of exciting #kidstakeover activities within the professional media sector and at the National Assembly of Zambia.

World Children’s Day is a global day celebrated each year on November 20th, where children around the world came together to help save children’s lives, to fight for their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. The idea is that World Children’s Day is ‘brought by children to children.’ We had young reporters represented in the broadcast media on television and radio, and in the print media. And young people in Zambia took part in a parliamentary caucus on children, voicing their opinions on health, education and many more issues.

In South Africa, our youth reporters were featured as guests on national radio SAFM, speaking with Naledi Moleo on her show, and also with Shado Twala...

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