We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Universal Access to Information Day is celebrated by UNESCO each year on September 28th. We acknowledge this day, as we believe that youth have the right to know the facts, services, and stories that build more peaceful and open societies.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information aims to raise awareness of how media and universal access to information are important aspects of ensuring sustainable development. Access to information brings people together, encourages us to ask questions, and allows us to make informed decisions about our futures. Radio remains one of the most powerful media tools to get vital information to the public. We appreciate the 727 youth reporters across 79 radio station projects in Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast who share information, generate dialogue, and inspire action in and beyond their communities!
Two youth reporters, from Zambia and South Africa, recently represented the Children’s Radio Foundation and their countries in San Francisco, USA at the International Congress of Youth Voices!
In partnership with The Guardian, the International Congress of Youth Voices united 100 students from around the world to learn with and from accomplished writers, activists, and elected officials. Beatrice Phiri and Itumeleng Banda were chosen as delegates based on their commitment to leadership and social justice, passion for storytelling, and eloquence as writers.
Beatrice and Itumeleng met with fellow youth delegates from around the world in a weekend full of hands-on workshops and mentoring sessions with activists and accomplished writers, such as Chimamanda Adichie and Dave Eggers, who also initiated the congress. Both reporters enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with their international peers on ways to strategically mobilize social...
“We had so much fun and interviewed a lot of people, that our tiny brains could not even contain the amount of inspiration we were exposed to!” This is what youth reporter Kananelo from Aganang FM shared after attending the performance of the Minnesota Orchestra in Johannesburg recently.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s historical tour to South Africa was the first time a professional U.S. orchestra has ever toured to the country. A few youth reporters from our South Africa projects had the opportunity to attend performances in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg. For many this was a first time to attend such a large-scale concert performance, with 250 performers on tour, including the orchestra and choir. The tour drew together diverse performers and music styles, all in connection with a worldwide celebration of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, on the centenary of his birth.
Skhathesihle from Vibe FM in...
Mandela Day is celebrated every year on the 18th of July, in honor of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. This year marked the 100th anniversary of this great South African leader, and we were part of a mass event hosted by The Elders in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures (elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates), who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. On Mandela Day, The Elders hosted an event, including a mass walk with hundreds of people from Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The #WalkTogether included some of our youth reporters from Alex FM in Alexandra, Gauteng. They spoke to and interviewed some prominent people along the way, including Jay Naidoo, Bishop Melusi, the General Secretary of SA Council of Churches, and others. Then they joined the crowds to listen to The Elders leaders speak about the legacy that Madiba leaves...
Location: Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa
What is your background?
I am 20 years old, and my family of four consists of my mother, brother and stepdad. But now I am living with my grandmother. I am a strong-minded young man who does not conform to society’s expectations and who does not let past experience block my view for greater things in future. I passed my Matric in 2016 at Jabavu Senior Secondary School.
How did you get involved with CRF?
A mini meeting was held at one of our local NGOs, Isibindi, and I was one of those young people who were selected, after being tested for my speech skills, and delivering my knowledge about radio.
How was the experience?
My experience with the program was life changing. Literally from a young boy, who then blossomed into a confident man in a space of a year. I learnt new things in each and every topic we covered and radio show we produced. And the technical things of course, for example...