We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Over five thousand miles may separate us, but I found much in common with our youth reporters in Zambia. We want the best for our communities and young people and we all feel we have a role in bringing about the change we need to see to make that happen. Whether that is at home in the United Kingdom or Kitwe, Zambia.
Usually I spend my days hunting down funds and promoting the work of CRF in the United Kingdom. I spend my days on conference calls, hovering over spreadsheets and nights worrying about funding. It is a welcome, refreshing change to visit our youth reporters in Kitwe.
We arrived on World Water Day and spent the day with youth, visiting a local river. They told us the river was polluted and that when it floods, the children can’t cross to get to school and many people who are dependent on the local charcoal trade have their livelihoods cut off. In the face of this, not despair but activism; making radio broadcasts to...
Roland N’guessan is a bright young man living in Bouake, Ivory Coast. Watch his story to get a glimpse of how his involvement as a youth reporter gives him the confidence and greater world view than anything he learns at school.
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Thato Rachamose, 17 years old
Lebowakgomo, South Africa
South Africa Young Reporters Network site at Greater Lebowakgomo FM in Limpopo Province, their youth show is called ‘Boom Talk’
I was part of the first group of young people that were trained in 2011 to become youth reporters. Together we started ‘Boom Talk’, a radio show about youth issues that goes by the tagline, “By the youth, for the youth, it’s Boom Talk!” And is broadcast on the local community radio station GLFM every Saturday at 9 am.
Today as one of the oldest members, I am the main producer of the show and often one of the presenters.
On Saturdays, we get to the radio station just before our show, get on air at 9am and then after our show we immediately get into the preparation for the next show as we can’t loose any time.
First, we brainstorm social issues that can be of interest of for youth in our community, then...
NAME OF REPORTER
Monique Hanson, 17 years old
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa Young Reporter’s Network site at Radio Atlantis, the youth radio show is called ‘Teen Express’
On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I go to Radio Atlantis when school gets out. My spirit lifts up, because I’m around all these great guys that come up with creative ideas that we can use to produce our show and broadcast them.
We arrive at the radio station at 3.00 and we plan and organise who will go where in the community. At 3.30 we go in partners to different places in Atlantis and ask people in the community what topics we should talk about on our radio show. In our community we have lots of problems that young people face, like drugs, violence, unemployment – so we usually get a lot of suggestions! We have to get back to the station at 4.30 latest, when we’re all back we share what topics we found and choose...