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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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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.

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The Children’s Radio Foundation and Cumii, Econet’s technology company, are launching a joint pilot market research project with community radio stations across Africa to create opportunities for youth to earn an income as data collectors and researchers in their local communities.

Launched on Youth Day, 16 June 2018, the Tasknites Youth Employment Initiative provides youth with opportunities to learn valuable technology and research skills, to become more self-sufficient, and to serve as positive influencers in their communities. Requiring only basic training and an app on their mobile phone, the program will recruit youth across Africa to download the app and sign up as Tasknites.

Operating in seven countries, the Tasknites programme provides an employment platform for unemployed, under-utilised and skilled youth, with a special focus on young women. Recruitees are trained on how to use their mobile devices to conduct real-time...

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#Faces2Hearts blogger Ellie Tomassi visits Forte FM youth reporters from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

Forte Community Radio youth reporters in Alice in rural Eastern Cape of South Africa are a formidable bunch! The group, who call themselves ‘Breaking New Grounds’, recently hosted Ellie Tomassi, a young blogger with the European Union, who is visiting different countries and projects that they fund and support.

Breaking New Grounds young reporters research, produce and present their youth show every Saturday, and were visited by Ellie in Alice, where they showed her around their radio station, their town and sat down to talk to her.

If you want to read more about Ellie’s experience in Alice, and her visits to other areas of South Africa, click here.

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The ‘Bigger than Life’ young reporters from Alex FM are one of the youth reporter groups in South Africa sharing knowledge about issues like gun and gender-based violence.

On March 21st, Human Rights Day we shared this video story about Monica and her fellow youth reporters from Alex FM and the work they are doing to develop effective strategies to decrease violence and crime.

Youth reporters work with each other to draw from their own realities of gun violence and create solutions that protect the human right to live free from harm. In partnership with Gun Free South Africa and the European Union, young people in South Africa are creating the future they want for themselves and their communities.

Stay tuned for more stories from this project.

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