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Ten young reporters from Wallingford, in the UK spent some time in Western Kenya in October last year, volunteering, interacting with other young people, and sharing experiences as school-going youth.
The 10-day visit by a team of young reporters from Wallingford School to rural Musanda village was facilitated by the Nasio Trust. The UK youth visited daycare centres, the maternity wing of a hospital, and the homes of local people. They also helped build a basic house for a widowed community member in need and volunteered at a medical foot care event at a primary school, in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross.
But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the trip was the radio interchange sessions between the British and Kenyan youth! After learning some basic skills in using the recorders from the Wallingford youth, everyone participated in conducting interviews with each other. They had some lively debates and conversations about different issues, discovering each others worlds. Some of these discussion can be heard in the radio piece on Soundcloud above.
In this radio piece, young reporters from Wallingford, UK and Musanda, Kenya discuss various topics that affect education in their respective countries. They talk about school drop outs, peer pressure, punishment, transportation, in all the similarities and differences.
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