We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Young reporters Wily, 16 years old and Ines, 17 years old, meet with parents in the streets of Abidjan to discuss behavior of adolescents at home, for the weekly radio show. Our Ivory Coast youth reporters broadcast a weekly show from 10 different community radio stations across the country.
Updates from our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo: youth reporters from Inga, near the Congo River in western DRC, have recently completed refresher radio training with our regional trainer, Joachim Ambambo.
During the training the reporters visited the village of Kinzambi, 20 km from the city of Inga to hear from the inhabitants. Here they are speaking to an elderly gentleman from the village.
Ivory Coast young reporters, along with young reporters from the DRC, South Africa, and Zambia made their voices heard at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Abidjan in December 2017.
Hosting the pop-up radio station, our team of young reporters were great ambassadors for the Children’s Radio Foundation, demonstrating their professionalism, passion and thoughtfulness to the topics discussed during the live shows they produced and presented. Here Marie Olive Traoré, a young reporter from Ivory Coast is interviewed by her fellow young reporter outside the conference building.
If you would like to see more pictures from the conference, click here.
On September 16th, several students from Centre Of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha, attended the morning plenary at the Global Evidence Summit, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The objective of this summit was to advance the use of reliable research evidence in addressing the world’s most serious health and social challenges. Accompanied by our new mentor, Unathi Ndiki, programme manager Linda Daniels as well as the school principal, Phadiela Cooper, the young reporters had the opportunity to interview each of the presenting experts on the topic of evidence in a post-truth world. These reports will be used in their broadcasts at school.
Take a listen to the interview the young reporters did with public health researcher and advocate, Caroline Weinberg at the Summit.
For more information see this website: www.globalevidencesummit.org
This week, CRF Global Youth Ambassador Brighton Kaoma met with President Barack Obama at the Obama Foundation to discuss the role of young African leaders in bringing about sustainable solutions to the challenges their communities face.
Being the only young African to meet President Obama from a pool of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows of 2017 was a life changing experience for Brighton. He says, “During my half an hour meeting with President Barack Obama, we discussed issues around the global threat of climate change and why it’s relevant for each and everyone to rise to the occasion and act to mitigate and adapt to this challenge of our generation.”
We congratulate you Brighton, and are so proud of all that you have been doing and stand for!