We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Our Cape Town based staff and South African regional trainers recently participated in a two-day training with Gun Free South Africa, ahead of our European union funded community safety project.
Adele Kirsten, the director of Gun Free South Africa facilitated the interactive training along with her colleague Nurahn Ryklief, Communications and Community Development Officer. Here, the team are doing a community mapping exercise, reflecting on personal gun violence experiences.
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.
On Universal Children’s Day, November 20th, our street youth reporters in Kinshasa advocate for their rights. They observed this day together with church members and pastors from the ‘Assemblies of God’ Church, in the municipality of Kisensu in the DRC. This day observed by the United Nations, is celebrated each year to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
After the main church sermon, our partner from REEJER, Denis Mabwa introduced the issue of child witchcraft, and three testimonial stories were shared by the youth reporters. Our partners were given a space to talk about how the Church can play a negative role in not only the rejection and abandonment of children accused of witchcraft but also to entrench this belief of child witches in the community. It was pointed out that some point in Kinshasa, out of 100% of so-called street...
Our Ubuntu Lab conference, held alongside the Youth Radio Awards in September, provided the space for young people to deepen their understanding of Ubuntu, and share ideas on how they can bring the practice of humanity to our struggles in South Africa.
In addition to panel discussions on Ubuntu, listening to artists and poets, hot debates, and creating their own skits and performances, the group of approximately 40 youth had the opportunity to have face to face discussions with some inspiring individuals in the ‘Talking Heads’ session. In this session, the youth gathered in rotating small groups to have discussions with a writer, poet, astronomer, freestyle footballer, social justice activist, TV presenter, entrepreneur, LGBTI activist and more.
See more photos from the Ubuntu Lab held at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.
‘Mungongo ya Mwana’ (the voice of a child) is one of our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that provides a media platform to Kinshasa-based street youth to talk about issues affecting them and reach out to the community at large to reduce the levels of discrimination against street kids, and discourage the child witchcraft accusation phenomenon that is critical in children being sent to street.
After a successful pilot phase in 2015, the 20 newly trained young reporters have been producing and pre-recording their weekly radio shows using the various radio formats, including audio interview, audio commentary, audio profiling, audio debate, PSA and others.
The group is preparing to launch this weekend its broadcast program at the local partner radio station REMAG based at the local market of Gambela in Kinshasa. Young reporters have been producing and pre-recording weekly shows since the end of January 2016 after...