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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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Fighting HIV stigma, one radio broadcast at a time from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

This World AIDS Day, our youth reporters from Alice in the Eastern Cape of South Africa feature as the catalysts for change in a new video that raises awareness about HIV stigma.

Despite offering free access to antiretroviral treatment, South African clinics often struggle to get youth through the door to test for HIV and access health services. In the town of Alice in the Eastern Cape, nurses say many adolescents only come to the clinic when they are critically ill, making treatment very difficult.

The fear of HIV stigma and discrimination is the key dissuasive factor stopping youth from getting tested and seeking out treatment.

“When you stigmatize someone about their HIV status, you’re killing someone else, because someone else out there will be afraid to go for a HIV test,” says Olwethu Sapula, a  youth reporter working in Alice.

The Breaking New Ground youth reporters from Forte FM use their radio shows to get their...

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World Children’s Day 2018 addressed the issue of safety and the right to live free from harm. Globally young people took a stand to make their voices heard, and use various platforms to share their opinions. Our youth reporters at our projects in Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa and Ivory Coast were involved in a number of activities.

 

In South Africa, we had two youth reporters from Alex FM host the UNICEF Facebook Live event, which addressed bullying and safety for young people. Mary-Ann Nobele and Palesa Motaung were sensitive hosts to the event hosted at Ndalo Media in Johannesburg, which was also broadcast via Facebook Live. They spoke about bullying, mental health and how young people can make powerful choices. You can see the live event video here.

In Zambia, our partners Agents of Change Foundation, along with UNICEF Zambia and Global Platform, hosted a symposium ahead of World Childrens’ Day, and facilitated the ‘kids...

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The Children’s Radio Foundation launches two new project sites in Ivory Coast.  This brings our total up to 10 project sites across the country, and with it a whole new cohort of enthusiastic young people on their way to producing powerful radio.

Without a CRF team on the ground in Ivory Coast, we rely on the help of our implementing partners, Association des Scouts Catholiques de Cote d’Ivoire and UNICEF  Cote D’Ivoire, to train and support our youth reporters. Our most recent training session, facilitated by Clemence Petit-Perrot and Leader Kanyiki took place in Daloa in central Ivory Coast, and was geared towards equipping our implementing partners, our trainers and our youth reporters with the skills they’ll need to run our two new sites – one in Daloa and one in Soubré, which brings the total number of CRF sites up to 10 across the Ivory Coast.

15 young reporters have been recruited at each new site, and the shows produced...

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Recently we welcomed 50 young reporters from across South Africa to Cape Town for the 2018 Youth Radio Awards! This 5th annual event celebrates the youth we work with, for the community stories around various social issues that they have captured, and shared with their listeners.

The Awards ceremony took place on October 5th, at the Alliance Francaise in Cape Town, and this year we saw some new faces as youth reporter coming from Emalahleni FM in Mpumalanga, Umgungudlovu FM in KwaZulu-Natal, and a health-focused youth reporting group from Qwaqwa Radio.

The Youth Radio Awards ceremony celebrates the exceptional radio craft of these young broadcasters. They are awarded for their ability to tell focussed, creative, powerful stories that reflect the lives of young people and their community. This year we received over 100 submissions which were independently judged by a professional panel. These are the winners for 2018:

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“We had so much fun and interviewed a lot of people, that our tiny brains could not even contain the amount of inspiration we were exposed to!” This is what youth reporter Kananelo from Aganang FM shared after attending the performance of the Minnesota Orchestra in Johannesburg recently.

The Minnesota Orchestra’s historical tour to South Africa was the first time a professional U.S. orchestra has ever toured to the country. A few youth reporters from our South Africa projects had the opportunity to attend performances in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg. For many this was a first time to attend such a large-scale concert performance, with 250 performers on tour, including the orchestra and choir. The tour drew together diverse performers and music styles, all in connection with a worldwide celebration of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, on the centenary of his birth.

Skhathesihle from Vibe FM in...

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