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We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives

Sixteen South African young reporters descended on the Menell Media Exchange 2018 in early June, to share their voice and interact with South African media professionals. Youth from Potchefstroom in the North West, Lebowakgomo in Limpopo, and Alexandra and Mamelodi in Gauteng attended the two day conference , hosting a live pop-up radio station at the event.

The Menell Media Exchange is an annual conference held in Johannesburg, that brings the entire media community together. Reporters, editors, media executives, non-profits, community and independent journalists, bloggers, tech developers, scholars and students, share ideas, explore developments, compare practices, and build skills and relationships.

Our youth reporters hosted radio pop-up ‘shows’ during the breaks between sessions, and managed to speak to a range of professionals working across the media sector.

Mlamuli Mulla Mseleku from Mams...

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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...

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Maryam Charles, our youth facilitator at Zapha+ in Zanzibar,  has proudly completed a course in film and video production at the Kilimanjaro Film Institute at Arusha, Tanzania.

Maryam shares her excitement and confidence that the 6 month course gave her, and plans to prepare training for the youth reporters in the basics of camera and editing skills.

Other than camera operating and an introduction to editing, she also focused on storytelling and creativity skills. “The training was good, I liked the way the teachers gave practical exercises. Their effort, advice and flexibility during the training was so great.”

“At the end of the course I am happy to say that the training has been so successful, the skills and confidence I acquired is more than I expected. ”

If you are interested in seeing more, these are samples of films which Maryam was responsible for story development and editing:

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