We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
On the 16th of June 2013, the Children’s Radio Foundation hosted the very first South Africa Youth Radio Awards. The awards celebrate the inspirational work of our Young Reporters and our partner Community Radio Stations.
Excited finalists travelled from across South Africa to attend the ceremony, which was the first event of its kind to be held on the continent. It was an opportunity to gain recognition for their work, as well as to meet each other and share stories and experiences of being part of the Young Reporters Network. The event was a tremendous success and demonstrated the varied range and high calibre of the radio programs that our Young Reporters produce.
Thato Rachamose, 17, represented the Boom Talk team from Greater Lebowakgomo FM, who won the Best Feature Award for a PSA on social grants and how to access them. In his winning speech he reflected on the important role that radio plays in his community. “In the absence of our community radio station we don’t know where we would be, because people depend on us to be solving their own problems. We are there to make them aware of the things that cause the social problems, and I feel that I have a responsibility to my community as a young radio presenter.”
The second Youth Radio Awards will be held this year on the 15th June and we are very excited to build on the success of last year, with more competitive entries from even more stations. Watch this space!
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