We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
In South Africa this month, we have just launched our new project, Youth Radio Dialogues on ubuntu.
Ubuntu is a concept used in many South African languages to describe the practice of Humanity. Acts of ubuntu are easily recognizable and yet it is a concept that is hard to pin down. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu puts it so well, “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected, and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out. It is for the whole of humanity.”
Our project will run over the next two years, using ubuntu as a lens to get young people to see their communities in a different light, and the role they can play in actualizing positive change. We will use radio reporting, storytelling, and two national competitions to ignite dialogues about the themes of ubuntu among youth in South Africa. We’ll involve 300 trained Children’s Radio Foundation youth reporters from 18 communities across South Africa in the first year, and will invite more youth from across the country to be involved in the second year.
So, follow us as we embark on this exciting project that has the potential to shape the ways youth see their role in community building!
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