Learnings | Children's Radio Foundation

The Learning Room is an online platform that places the work of Children’s Radio Foundation in dialogue with youth, educators, other organizations and experts in order to interact, exchange methods, and participate in building a global network. We invite you to look, see, hear and read about the tools we use in our youth-centered programs.


  • Young, Gay and Proud

    Source: Vimeo (The Children’s Radio Foundation)

    24 Year old Future Positive youth reporter, Siphelo Tototo from Sandrift, Khayelitsha shares the highs and lows of living in South Africa as a young gay man in 2014.

  • Video title: Me, Myself and HIV

    Source: YouTube (Staying Alive Campaign)

    Part of the MTV “Staying Alive” Campaign, Me, Myself & HIV follows the lives of two twenty-somethings – Slim; an aspiring DJ and music producer from Zambia, and Angelikah; a college student from the USA – both living with HIV.

  • Video Title: Faces of HIV

    Source: YouTube (We Make The Change)

    Through captivating portraits, insightful interviews and poignant journal writing, the Faces of HIV campaign (We Make the Change) examines the effects of stigmas, the personal relationships and care issues associated with being HIV-positive.


  • Women in Power

    Source: Vimeo (Children’s Radio Foundation)

    ‘Women in Power’ is a group of young women living in Khayelitsha. They use radio and creativity to explore what it means to be women living in their power and becoming leaders in their community. In this session they spent time envisioning their futures. What would their hopes, strengths, challenges and guides in this envisioned self look like? How would they be expressing themselves as powerful women? We invited the ladies to use creative expression through colour, texture, images and sound to answer these questions. The result – audio/visual sound boards, each displaying the unique character of the woman behind it

  • Future Positive: Keeping Nolungile Clinic Youthful

    Source: Vimeo (The Children’s Radio Foundation)

    What does it take to keep a young person in treatment and looking after their health? Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) intern, Yolanda Pityoi is a host at Nolungile Youth Clinic where a live radio booth keeps things vibrant and fun. This video follows her at an outreach event in 2015 that brings together local artists, youth and other community based organisations in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The monthly event forms part of CRF’s Future Positive project which uses radio training and broadcast to foster dialogue amongst youth and within the wider community about experiences of HIV/AIDS by training facilitators and youth at clinics and community centres to use radio as a tool for peer to peer dialogue and exchange.

  • Video title: HIV, stigma, and discrimination: LGBT life in Kenya

    Source: Vimeo (Staying Alive Campaign)

    Lily, a brave transgender woman, talks about starting the grassroots organization Men Against AIDS which provides peer education sessions and uses radio as a tool to provide people in Kenya with information on HIV and AIDS.

  • Radio Atlantis Young Reporters

    Source: Vimeo

    This is the story about the inspiring radio work of the young reporters from Radio Atlantis in the Western Cape, South Africa. These youth are part of the Young Reporters Network (YRN), a project of the Children’s Radio Foundation, UNICEF, and the South African Department of Basic Education.

  • Rebaone Selebalo from Kuruman, South Africa

    Source: Vimeo (The Children’s Radio Foundation)

    Rebaone is 16 years old, from Kuruman, Northern Cape, South Africa. She is a young reporter for the Children’s Radio Foundation, working with community radio station Kurara FM. This is a snapshot profile of her involvement with the project.


  • 2015 Youth Radio Awards and Ubuntu Lab

    Source: Vimeo  – Children’s Radio Foundation

    See all the action from the 2015 Ubuntu Lab and Youth Radio Awards. The Ubuntu Lab is a mini-conference which brought youth from across South Africa together to share and discuss the philosophy of ubuntu – including acts of giving, sharing and compassion. The same youth reporters were celebrated in the Youth Radio Awards, with winners in categories like Best Youth Reporters, Best Ubuntu Show and Best Community Activity.

  • Beatrice: youth reporter & climate change activist from Zambia

    Source: Vimeo – Children’s Radio Foundation

    Beatrice is an 18-year-old young reporter with the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) in Lusaka, Zambia. She is part of the Unite4Climate Radio Initiative, a project which uses the power of radio to challenge mindsets and shift attitudes around environmental attitudes.

  • Roland’s radio broadcasts elevate community dialogue in Ivory Coast

    Source: Vimeo (Children’s Radio Foundation)

    Meet Roland, 18-year-old youth radio reporter from Bouaké, Ivory Coast. Roland shares his work as a Children’s Radio Foundation youth reporter and the impact the project has on his life.

  • Cleopas from Zambia journeys to the 2016 AIDS Conference

    Source: Vimeo (Children’s Radio Foundation)

    In July 2016, Cleopas Chisanga Kapembwa, a young man from Kitwe, Zambia took a trip to the International AIDS Conference, in South Africa, with other youth reporters from different African countries, to share his story and speak back to the decision-makers. This is his story of this journey, and the impact it has on his life and work as an AIDS activist.

  • Bringing out the voices of LGBTI youth in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Source: Vimeo (Children’s Radio Foundation)

    Patou Izai is an LGBTI activist in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2011, Patou told his family that he was gay. It was difficult for him to do, and caused difficulties in his relationship with his family. He knew so many young people in DRC who had similar struggles, and who wanted to help. This led him to establish Jeunialissime, a LGBTI advocacy group in DRC. Patou and his group members use the power of radio to get LGBTI youth in DRC speaking about their lives and their concerns, and to chip away at stigma and discrimination in society at large.

  • Amplifying youth voices in Khayelitsha

    Source: Vimeo (Children’s Radio Foundation)

    The Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) has successfully installed an on-site radio booth at the Centre for Science and Technology (COSAT) high school in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The young COSAT reporters broadcast weekly radio programming addressing health and well-being, education, politics, and culture to create youth-driven dialogue around important issues affecting them and the larger community.

    Video produced by © CRF 2015 and MAKHULU.
    Cover photo courtesy of Lufefe Figlan

  • Youth radio broadcasters build safer communities across South Africa

    Source: Vimeo (Children’s Radio Foundation)

    Young reporters at Alex FM in Alexandra are working to build safer communities by speaking out against gun violence. They not only spread information about the issue but also share their personal experiences in order to engage the community in productive dialogue about the effects of gun violence.

    In partnership with Gun Free South Africa and the European Union, young people are creating the future they want for themselves and their communities.

    Produced by the Children’s Radio Foundation and Makhulu, in partnership with Alex FM.

  • Event: Valentine’s Day Celebration: Self Love
    Activity: Friday Outreach event at Nolungile Youth Clinic
    Year: 2014

    Future Positive Youth Reporters discuss self love in all its forms.


  • Event: Training workshop 6 March
    Activity: Youth Hustle Thursday workshop at Nolungile Youth Clinic
    Year: 2014

    Youth Hustle recap their technical skills before recording a show. Photographer: ©SydelleWillowSmith

  • Event: Outreach at Nolungile Youth Clinic
    Activity: Youth Hustle Reporters
    Year: 2014

    Gallery title: Freedom day outreach event

    In celebration of Freedom day the Future Positive reporters explore freedom in health care in South Africa. Youth Huslte reporters transform the space at Nolungile Youth Clinic, Site C, Khayelitsha by engaging their peers and in dialogue and debate.

  • Event: Weekly training session at Nolungile Youth Clinic, Site C, Khayelitsha
    Activity: Women in Power Friday session at Nolungile Youth Clinic
    Year: 22 May 2015

    ‘Women in Power’ is a group of young women from Khayelitsha. They come together once a week to explore what it means to be a women living in her power and leading her community. In this session WIP spent time envisioning their futures. What would their strengths, challenges, hopes, dreams and guides in this envisioned future self look like? How would they be expressing themselves as powerful women? We invited the ladies to imagine this future using creative expression to illustrate their ideas through colour, texture, images and sound. The result – audio/visual sound boards, each one displaying the unique character of the woman behind it.

  • HIV & AIDS Stigma and Discrimination

    HIV-related stigma and discrimination refers to prejudice, negative attitudes and abuse directed at people living with HIV and AIDS.

  • What's so different for women?

    Stigma and discrimination are challenges for everyone with HIV, but women in particular can also face these issues.

  • Youth Pulse: A Study with HIV Positive Adolescents

    What are the lived experiences of HIV+ adolescents accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and antiretroviral treatment (ART)? Read about Youth Pulse, a study with a cohort of 850+ HIV-positive adolescents, that aims to promote ART adherence and SRH service access among HIV+ adolescents.

  • Unravelling The Contexts of Stigma

    Catherine Campbell of the London School of Economics seeks to further our understanding of the practices through which stigma is perpetuated, produced, and reproduced. She argues that social and community psychology is central to informing interventions to reduce stigma.

  • Caregiver Social Support on Adolescent Psychological Outcomes in AIDS-Affected Communities

    This analysis examines the relationship between caregiver social support and adolescent psychosocial outcomes in HIV-endemic resource-scarce Southern African communities.

  • Handbook title: Gender Health and Justice Research Unit Schools Project

    66 Classroom classroom activities designed to support teachers to deal with ‘taboo topics’ like gender, gender and power, sex and sexual health, teen dating, domestic violence, sexual offences, gender and popular culture.

  • Future Positive Toolkit: A Guide for Facilitating Youth Radio Dialogues around HIV and AIDS

    A practical guide for future positive members that produce radio programmes and work with and for youth

  • Linking Generations through Radio: UNESCO Toolkit for Developing Youth Radio Projects at Community Radio Stations in Africa

    Linking Generations through Radio: A toolkit from Africa for radio with children and youth

  • How to Start Your Own Youth Radio Toolkit

    This UNICEF and Children Radio Foundation sponsored Youth Radio Toolkit teaches you how to make your own radio shows.

  • A Toolkit from Africa: Linking Generations Through Radio (Swahili)

    Kuunganisha Vizazi Kupita Radio: A toolkit from Africa for radio with children and youth

  • Comment produire vos propres programmes de radio: Manuel Pour Les Jeunes

    Comment produire vos propres programmes de radio: Manuel pour les jeunes

    (UNICEF et Children’s Radio Foundation)

  • Comment Produire vos Propres Programmes de Radio: Manuel des Formateurs

    Comment produire vos propres programmes de radio: manuel des formateurs

    (UNICEF et Children’s Radio Foundation)

  • How to Start Your Own Youth Radio in Your Community: Facilitators Manual

    This UNICEF and Children’s Radio Foundation sponsored Youth Radio Toolkit teaches you how to make your own radio shows. This is the manual for facilitators.

  • DRC LGBT Manuel pour les Jeunes 2016

    Comment produire vos propres programmes de radio. Manuel pour les jeunes Ce manuel à été crée en 2016 en consultation avec nos partenaires LGBTI en République Démocratique du Congo pour les assister dans l’élaboration et la diffusion de programmes radio visant à faire diminuer le stigma et la discrimination.

  • DRC Manuel pour les jeunes 2016

    Comment produire vos propres programmes de radio. Manuel pour les jeunes. Ce manuel à été créé en 2016 pour assister les jeunes reporters en République Démocratique du Congo à produire leurs propres émissions. Il s’attache particulièrement aux questions de sensibilisation et plaidoyer communautaires.

  • DRC Manuel des formateurs 2016

    Comment créer un projet de radio pour les jeunes de votre communauté. Manuel des formateurs Ce manuel à été créé en 2016 pour assister radio locales et ONGs désireuses de se lancer des des projets radio-jeunes et plus particulièrement pour nos partenaires en République Démocratique du Congo.

  • How to get the most out of your LGBTI Peer Education Programme - a Critical Reflection Manual for East and Southern Africa

    This guide describes the steps necessary for planning and monitoring a peer education programme, as well as identifying and training LGBTI peer educators. Additionally, it contains examples and stories of LGBTI peer education programmes in Southern and Eastern Africa.

  • Young HIV Advocates Cookbook

    The International AIDS Society (IAS) has partnered with youth advocates to assemble a “cookbook” outlining the essential ingredients and recipes that young people can use to build a stronger HIV response in their own communities. The aim is to show the many different ways and opportunities that young people can join the HIV response on different levels, on social media, in their local communities, at work and in global advocacy forums.

    Three CRF Young Reporters that attended the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban South Africa, are featured in this book.

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Toolkit 2017

    This is CRF’s first comprehensive Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Toolkit! It gives step by step guidance to creating impactful, advocacy-driven youth-led radio shows and community outreach events. It gives you the theoretical insight and the practical know-how of how to go about sharing life-saving and empowering information with other young people and the broader community.

    This toolkit was created with the support of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, who have a vested interest in health equity, and quality health outcomes for young people.

  • Broadcasting Live Radio Programs on Disaster Preparedness and Response through Community Radio Stations: Guideline

  • Financial Inclusion Youth Toolkit

    This toolkit shares The Children’s Radio Foundation communication campaign model focused on radio, and the tools and the pedagogical approach used in the implementation of the Mastercard Foundation-funded Kilimo Mtaji pilot project in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2017-2018.

    The communication campaign model used is a combination of regular youth-led radio shows and outreach activities on the topics of financial literacy and agriculture in ten communities across the two countries. The toolkit also captures the project’s learnings for replication and future upscaling.

  • Report title: Commonwealth

    Author: Lesedi Mogoathle, Future Positive Project Director

    The Commonwealth Foundation awarded the Future Positive project with a grant of £57,500 over 24 months. With this grant, the Children’s Radio Foundation will train 12 facilitators to lead radio training workshops for 70 young people, increasing airtime allocated to discussions about HIV/AIDS by 200% and creating over 200 hours of relevant content directed at young people. The following report was compiled by the Future Positive Management team at the end of year 1.

  • Reflection title: Being an equal participant in HIV schooling

    Author: Farhana Jacobs, Future Positive Trainer/Coordinator Facilitating radio sessions on HIV and stigma with the Future Positive Young reporters has been a ever changing learning space. I came in e...

  • Reflection title: Encouraging youth to disclose their HIV status

    Author: Lesedi Mogoatlhe, Future Positive Project Director Working in an environment such as a clinic, one treads a thin line when it comes to encouraging youth to speak what’s in their hearts-w...

  • Reflection title: Jesse McGleughlin on her experience with The Children's Radio Foundation's facilitation methods

    Author: Jesse McGleughlin, Future Positive Intern, 2015 “We must not just educate young people for employment. We must educate young people to have something of their own, to find a reason in li...

  • Reflections title: Creating a two-stream strategy for our DRC LGBTI radio show

    Author: Clémence Petit-Perrot, Programme Director, Children’s Radio Foundation The recent news that our radio show Jeuniafrica, was finally going to be broadcast on FM radio brought an overw...

  • Audio title: Yoliswa's 'most significant change' story

    Source: Soundcloud (The Children’s Radio Foundation)

    As part of our monitoring and evaluation we invite our youth reporters to reflect on the project’s impact on their community and individual learnings and experiences.

  • Audio title: International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)

    Source: Soundcloud (The Children’s Radio Foundation)

    Future Positive youth reporter Yoliswa interviews Brighton, another youth reporter at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference about young people making personal commitments to combat HIV

  • Audio title: What do you do when you test positive?

    Source: Soundcloud (The Children’s Radio Foundation)

    Future Positive youth reporters create radio shows that broadcast bi monthly at Radio Zibonele. This is a topic exploring what happens when you learn that you are HIV positive – Do you laugh? Scream? Do you kill yourself?