World Radio Day (WRD)
To celebrate World Radio Day on February 13th, CRF hosted and took part in events on three continents. At UNESCO ’s headquarters in Paris, CRF’s Clemence Petit-Perrot spoke about the power of youth radio to a room of journalists and international media experts. In New York, we hosted a panel discussion about youth participation in radio at the United Nations. In London, we hosted a pop-up radio station and celebration event at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, with a 24-hour youth radio broadcast stream and live musical performances, including popular British singer Laura Mvula.
In partnership with UNESCO, CRF also published the Youth Radio Toolkit, providing community radio stations across Africa with the tools and tips to create sustainable youth-orientated broadcasting. The Toolkit was released in English, French and Swahili and distributed to 70 stations across the continent.
Radio is often at the center of communities across Africa. It reflects the concerns of the day, and speaks to local realities.
Radio requires minimal technical expertise. Youth are able to learn production and broadcast skills easily.
Nearly 90% have access to a radio, making it a crucial source of information, especially in hard-to-reach places.
Learning how to interview, research, and produce a radio show builds confidence, develops communication skills, and encourages critical thinking.