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

With a legacy donation from the Von Clemm Family Foundation, we recently started a project in Tanzania focusing on education around tuberculosis (TB). The project, based in Mwanza, kicked off its activities in February through our local partner, the Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN).

Fifteen young reporters, all below 18 years, were trained in an intensive 3-day workshop on how to use radio as a tool to raise awareness on TB issues. During the training workshop, the youth had information sessions with TB experts from the Ministry of Health’s TB program based in Mwanza. The youth also visited three TB clinics within the Mwanza community to get a deeper sense of what TB testing and treatment entails, and to interact with and interview patients attending the clinics. These interviews formed part of the radio shows and public service announcements (PSAs) produced by the team of young reporters.

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South African online publication Frequency Magazine which focuses on the radio industry, gave us a cover feature for their April/May issue.

Their latest issue covers community radio stations around South Africa, with features of some of our Young Reporters Network stations, and also includes an article by our regional trainer Thabo Botopela.

Read it here!

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Omphemetse Matabane was a reporter for one year with our ‘Bigger than Life’ Young Reporters at Alex FM. She feels proud to have been part of an initiative that created a platform to influence young people.

Location: Alexandra, South Africa

Background info:

I grew up in the North West province in a village called Jericho. I am an only child raised by a single mother. I did my Matric in 2010 at Bethel Girls High. I studied Journalism at Jeppe College and have a National certificate in Journalism. I’ve always loved interacting with people, and I am glad that I was bold enough to take a step of doing what I love and believed to be called for.

How did you get involved with CRF:

I’ve been with CRF for 12 months. I was approached by Sammy Ramodike who saw potential in me and believed in me. As someone who has been running teenage programmes I was delighted and I saw it as an opportunity to advance my skills,...

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