CHEERS: DFID pays the Funky Shining Stars a visit | Children's Radio Foundation

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Funky Shining Stars jumping for joy

On Wednesday the 18th of September the Funky Shining Stars’ youth reporters in Senekal, Free State, ran excitedly to the radio station Naledi FM to get ready to welcome their visitors. 

CRF’s Young Reporters Network was established in partnership with UNICEF South Africa and the Department for Basic Education in 2009 and rolled out to 12 community radio station sites in South Africa in 2012. One of those sites is Naledi FM in Senekal, Free State, where a group of dedicated youth reporters meet to produce a weekly youth radio show ‘Funky Shining Stars.’

Key to making the Young Reporters Network a success is the support and generosity of partners. The Department for International Development  (DFID) does just that for the Young Reporters Network South Africa. Three key DFID team members from the UK, India and South Africa came to Senekal to visit Naledi FM and see first-hand what the Funky Shining Stars’ youth reporters are accomplishing.

The youth reporters welcomed the visitors, took them on a tour of the station, and led a presentation to explain what they do and how they do it. The highlight of the day was when the Funky Shining Stars went live on air for a 15 minute promo to advertise their upcoming show on gender roles.

It was a great experience for all involved, and most importantly, the youth reporters felt proud and confident of the amazing work they are doing.

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