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

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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photo by Sydelle Willow Smith

In the lead-up to the International AIDS Conference taking place in July in Durban, South Africa, CRF is making sure young voices are present on that platform.

In partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Makhulu Productions, the team has started a series of audio slideshow trainings, kicking-off with a of a group of young people in Gugulethu, Cape Town. The main objective of the workshop was for them to have all the tools to convey their own perspectives and experience on HIV prevention and service delivery,  through pictures and sound. Two stories were chosen by the group and are currently being documented.

The training, funded by the International AIDS Society will then be taken to Tanzania and Zambia in the next two months.

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Yolanda Pityoi and Thandikhaya Qinisile interview Randy Berry

On Monday 25th January 2016, our new Future Positive Youth Facilitators interviewed Randy Berry and participated in a round table discussion about human rights and LGBTI issues on the African continent and around the globe.

Randy Berry is the U.S State Department’s first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. In attendance at the roundtable was also PASSOP. Look out for our interview with Randy Berry on SAFM 104-107FM during The Children’s Radio Foundation’s ‘Radio Workshop’ slot; Friday around 2:55pm and Saturday between 12:00-12:30pm.

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After an initial community consultation and some focus group discussions, the Children’s Radio Foundation conducted its first training in Bikoro, a small town surrounded by thick equatorial forest and mostly inhabited by Batwa Pygmies.

CRF successfully trained a group of 13 young reporters and 2 radio station-based facilitators as part of the activation of the new project site in Equateur.

Our youth radio project in Equateur focuses on promoting indigenous people’s rights and forms part of the national Young Reporters Network (YRN) that amplifies youth voices throughout the country. This new site is hosted by the community Radio Tohangi.

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Ruth Imonga is a young reporter from the Mbandaka Youth Reporters in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the recent radio trainings that promotes the rights of children, Ruth reports that she no longer experiences discrimination against the Batwa (Pygmy) people.

About 4 months into the CRF radio project that aims to promote the rights of children, in particular the indigenous youth, Ruth says she can now sit next Batwa youths, chat and eat with them without feeling awkward. This is a powerful transformation for this young women! Read the interview to find out more:

Tell us if there is any difference in your life between before and after joining the project.

Ruth: Yes, there’s a big difference because there are many things, which I did not know before that I now know. For instance the utilization of the recorder, I did not know, but now I can even take a recorder and use it alone somewhere.

What important lesson can you remember...

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Things are really shaping up with our Zambia Unite for Climate Youth Radio Project – funded by the Rauschenberg Foundation.
Two weeks ago, CRF’s Clemence Petit-Perrot travelled to Lusaka to meet with the super energetic implementing team from our partner Agents of Change Foundation (ACF). Over four days, they ironed out the last details around the upcoming trainers and youth training which are going to take place in September in five sites across the country. It was also the opportunity for ACF to share their great knowledge around climate change issues, particularly how it affects lives in Zambia and to reflect on how young people can step up. We are so looking forward to hearing what the Zambian Young Reporters have to share!

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