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

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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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South African Nolusindiso Mguye was invited to attend and introduce her video on stage at the Global Citizens Festival in the USA. Here she reflects on her trip.

“My trip to New York City was a great experience and a life-time opportunity. It was amazing! At the Global Citizen festival I had the greatest time of my life, and so much fun… I met people such as Ndaba Mandela, Jeff Radebe, and I met Whoopie Goldberg back stage. She is an inspiration to me!

I was shaking in my boots as I was due to go on stage but I managed to calm down. I couldn’t believe that I was standing in front of 60 000 people and talking freely. I touched many people when my video was screened, and a lot of people said how courageous I was. I should keep on doing what I am doing and help other people and change their lives. It’s been such a great experience and I really enjoyed my time there. I thank Genevieve [US CRF colleague] for always being with me, taking...

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Congratulations to our talented youth reporter, Beatrice Phiri, who came second in an Africa Directions ‘Girls Day’ competition in Lusaka, Zambia! She has now been given an opportunity to work with Hot FM radio station where she will be presenting a show on Sexual Reproductive Health.

The competition included girls competing in radio presenting and DJ-ing, with the aim to promote more girls to talk about Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) on radio. Beatrice was part of the 20 girls that were shortlisted to be taught in radio production and SRHR. Africa Directions want to encourage girls to venture in career fields that are perceived to be male dominated and also to give them a deeper understanding of sexual and reproductive health. The event was created in partnership with Plan International Zambia.

“The auditions were super tough, the girls are super talented”, said Beatrice. “Thank you so much Africa Directions for giving...

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‘Beatrice’, the film we produced with Sydelle Willow Smith and Makhulu received a Special Mention in the global Film4Climate Competition!

This video was produced with Beatrice Phiri, one of our youth reporters from Zambia who is doing amazing work as a climate change activist and child ambassador for UNICEF Zambia. In the video, Beatrice explains how climate change became personal when Zambia started facing irregular electricity and water supply. Beatrice uses radio to share her message and use her voice to educate about deforestation, pollution and other environmental challenges in her country.
The winners of the competition were announced at the United Nations Climate Conference (UNFCCC) at COP22 on Saturday, November 13th. The announcement was made at a day celebrating the power of youth, cinema and the creative industries to generate climate action and tackle climate change. Out of 864 entries from 155 countries, our film...

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Exciting updates from one of our projects in the DRC: Jeunialissime, an LGBTI rights organisation in Kinshasa that facilitates open discussion on sexual orientation and gender expression through a radio show, is now live on air. Originally a podcast, the show has extended its reach to FM radio.

Since October 2016, the weekly program has a wider listener base now that it also broadcasts on radio RTVS1, one of the biggest commercial radio stations in Kinshasa. In 2014, Patou Izai felt the need to open the debate on LGBTI issues to the public in Kinshasa. Along with his team, they began producing ‘Jeuniafrica’ which started online broadcasting every week via Soundcloud, with positive feedback from the community. This video we produced with Makhulu Productions tells Patou’s story. “We are working to change the perceptions that people have of LGBTI people and promote human rights, with the ultimate goal of having a more tolerant...

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