We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
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...
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:
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...
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...
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...