CHEERS: Beatrice and Itumeleng participate in International Congress of Youth Voices | Children's Radio Foundation

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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 change around the human rights issues affecting young people in their communities.

Itumeleng addressed The Congress about her experiences with gun violence and the toll it’s taken on youth in her community of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Beatrice shared her experience of climate change impacts in her community of Lusaka in Zambia.

At the end of the 3 day congress, the youth delegates wrote a powerful youth manifesto that was published by The Guardian. Read it here.

Congress organizers, Dave Eggers and Amanda Uhle with youth reporters Beatrice Phiri and Itumeleng Banda


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