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Koki the one and only: Youth Reporter at Moutse Community Radio in Limpopo, South Africa from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.

Today we are celebrating World Radio Day!

As the media landscape evolves, radio remains the medium that reaches the widest audience, over 95% of the population worldwide. There are 7 billion people on the planet, half of them are under the age of 30.*

Considering these numbers, it is vital to create spaces of broadcast for youth with youth and by youth.

Every Saturday morning from 8am to 8.30am a group of young reporters meet to
broadcast their weekly show ‘Tswa Daar’ on Moutse Community Radio Services in
Limpopo, South Africa. They’ve been trained to research, produce and host their youth focused programme live on air. “Before I had a lack of confidence but now, after the project, like I’m too confident I can even stand in front of many people and express my feelings and ideas to them”, says 18-year-old Koketso Seshoka.

You can view the full video of  Koketso’s journey to becoming a young reporter here.

“Radio is a powerful tool of communication in the continent with young people forming a large percentage of listeners. By empowering them with the tools to produce their own
shows, we create spaces of youth-driven dialogue that lead to solutions and
understanding in communities,” says Executive Director Mike Rahfaldt.

Seghokae and his 14 fellow ‘Tswa Daar’ team members have been part of the Young
Reporters Network South Africa, a project of the Children’s Radio Foundation and UNICEF, since 2011.

*Source: The World’s Youngest Populations, Euromonitor International, 2012

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