We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
The Children’s Radio Foundation and Cumii, Econet’s technology company, are launching a joint pilot market research project with community radio stations across Africa to create opportunities for youth to earn an income as data collectors and researchers in their local communities.
Launched on Youth Day, 16 June 2018, the Tasknites Youth Employment Initiative provides youth with opportunities to learn valuable technology and research skills, to become more self-sufficient, and to serve as positive influencers in their communities. Requiring only basic training and an app on their mobile phone, the program will recruit youth across Africa to download the app and sign up as Tasknites.
Operating in seven countries, the Tasknites programme provides an employment platform for unemployed, under-utilised and skilled youth, with a special focus on young women. Recruitees are trained on how to use their mobile devices to conduct real-time...
#Faces2Hearts blogger Ellie Tomassi visits Forte FM youth reporters from Children's Radio Foundation on Vimeo.
Forte Community Radio youth reporters in Alice in rural Eastern Cape of South Africa are a formidable bunch! The group, who call themselves ‘Breaking New Grounds’, recently hosted Ellie Tomassi, a young blogger with the European Union, who is visiting different countries and projects that they fund and support.
Breaking New Grounds young reporters research, produce and present their youth show every Saturday, and were visited by Ellie in Alice, where they showed her around their radio station, their town and sat down to talk to her.
If you want to read more about Ellie’s experience in Alice, and her visits to other areas of South Africa, click here.
The ‘Bigger than Life’ young reporters from Alex FM are one of the youth reporter groups in South Africa sharing knowledge about issues like gun and gender-based violence.
On March 21st, Human Rights Day we shared this video story about Monica and her fellow youth reporters from Alex FM and the work they are doing to develop effective strategies to decrease violence and crime.
Youth reporters work with each other to draw from their own realities of gun violence and create solutions that protect the human right to live free from harm. In partnership with Gun Free South Africa and the European Union, young people in South Africa are creating the future they want for themselves and their communities.
Stay tuned for more stories from this project.
World Radio Day 2018 has come and gone, and we are richer for it! Young reporters from across our projects in Africa celebrated RADIO and its power to connect, advocate, and mobilize for positive transformation.
Across Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia, youth reporters create radio broadcasts to address a range of human rights issues they face in order to improve their lives, communities, and beyond. For World Radio Day 2018, an annual UNESCO observance day, youth reporters shared their ideas and thoughts on the power of RADIO. They sent us their photos and quotes answering ‘What does radio mean to you?’ which we shared across our social media platforms for World Radio Day. We are proud and deeply grateful to work with so many courageous and committed young people, mentors, radio station staff, partners and supporters!
Here are a handful of the inspiring and powerful...
Our pop-up radio station recently surfaced again, this time in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Menell Media Exchange 2017!
Young Reporters from Mamelodi’s community radio station Mams FM 92.9 and Alexandra Township’s ALEX FM 89.1 joined hundreds of reporters, producers, journalists, and presenters from commercial and public service media at the Duke Mennel Media Exchange conference. We hosted a pop-up radio booth which narrow-casted in the conference venue, where the youth reporters go to speak ‘on-air’ to people working in the journalism sector.
Three young people also presented in a Community Journalism spotlight workshop about how they manage their roles as youth reporters and what the experience has done for their self confidence and interest in the world around them.
Alex FM presenter Neo “Cappuccino” Dithloiso (pictured) says: “My highlights were networking with the big players and interviewing influential people...