We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
We’ve entered the world of VR (virtual reality) with our new film created by Rowan Pybus and Sydelle Willow Smith of Makhulu. This film about the street youth in our ‘Mugongo Ya Muana’ project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has it’s story explained in the youth culture Huck magazine.
Read more about the experience of director Rowan Pybus in making the VR film, and more about how the children and young adults living in the slums are empowered through the radio work they do. The magazine describes itself as ‘inspired by radical youth culture, Huck roams the globe seeking out artists, activists and creative renegades who are breaking down the old world to build something new’.
Great work team, and onwards to new forms of storytelling!
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...
Our radio project with youth living on streets around the Gambela Market in Kinshasa, DRC was recently featured on the Al Jazeera news website.
The feature article by journalist Didem Tali outlines the life challenges that many of the street youth have faced and the intense stigma they deal with on a daily basis. Our radio project, supported by Feba Radio UK has trained 17 young people to be broadcasters, and goes a long way to shift perspectives about street children in that community.
A few days before the 2016 Youth Radio Awards, we received some some coverage on Umhlobo Wenene FM, the second largest radio station in the South Africa.
Our Young Reporters Network (YRN) project co-ordinator, Busi Hoho chatted to Lulu Haarmans on the ‘Khanya Gqiyazana’ women’s show about the network of young reporters across South Africa that broadcast radio content on a weekly basis, and the power of radio in general. Busi also spoke on air about the differences and similarities of the stories being told by South Africa youth and youth in our other projects in Africa in Zambia, Tanzania, Liberia, Ivory Coast and the DRC. Mostly, we’ve discovered that youth across Africa are dealing with similar issues that affect them and their communities.
We are excited to share this radio story with you about the Optimistic Youth Reporters on BBC World Service. These confident, media-savvy reporters from Khayelitsha have been getting a lot of media coverage in the last few weeks, as news of the new high school radio gets around!
Take a listen to the story.