We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Young radio reporters in Liberia will soon be broadcasting programmes to teach people there about how to prevent the spread of Ebola. Read the article here.
The Children’s Radio Foundation, led in the UK by Anglican priest Charlotte Bannister-Parker, has worked hard to build up this network of youth reporters across 29 of the country’s radio stations.
The charity exists to provide young people in countries across Africa with the skills to make impactful radio and connect them with local radio stations where their packages can be aired.
“We already have an army of young people who are active youth reporters,” said the Revd Bannister-Parker, “So what we’re doing now is putting together an Ebola Health Information Pack (EHIP) to send out to their 29 stations containing accurate, effective information about Ebola.
Radio for young people by young people
Over the years CRF quickly learned from young people in the countries where they worked that there can be a lack of trust among children and young adults about public health messages that come from government officials.
“Government messages can often fall on deaf ears because they’re not created by young people for young people,” she said. “What we’ve been doing is putting together an information pack that is also appropriate for young people to engage with and use.”
Mrs Bannister-Parker added that CRF’s radio packages will also compliment the work and appeals of those charities that would normally respond to such a multi-national crisis.
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