CHEERS: #Kidstakeover on World Children’s Day | Children's Radio Foundation

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This World Children’s Day, children and youth took centre stage! Along with UNICEF in Zambia and South Africa, we planned a number of exciting #kidstakeover activities within the professional media sector and at the National Assembly of Zambia.

World Children’s Day is a global day celebrated each year on November 20th, where children around the world came together to help save children’s lives, to fight for their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. The idea is that World Children’s Day is ‘brought by children to children.’ We had young reporters represented in the broadcast media on television and radio, and in the print media. And young people in Zambia took part in a parliamentary caucus on children, voicing their opinions on health, education and many more issues.

In South Africa, our youth reporters were featured as guests on national radio SAFM, speaking with Naledi Moleo on her show, and also with Shado Twala on the Otherwise show. On eTV, our youth reporters spoke about World Children’s Day on the Sunrise show, and we co-hosted a 3 hour show with Bridget Masinga from Kaya FM. We also had a feature on Smile FM, a Cape Town based radio station.

Young people contribute to the news team at The Star newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa

In the print media, youth reporters joined the news team for Durban’s Mercury newspaper, and The Cape Times and The Star in Johannesburg. They contributed to the news stories and layout of certain articles to appear in these newspapers on November 20th.

In Zambia, supported by UNICEF, 23 youth reporters and children met with 30 members of the parliamentary caucus on children at Zambia’s National Assembly. These children spoke for children all over the world and voiced their support for millions of their peers. And our youth reporters made it to the front page of the Zambia Daily Mail for their involvement in parliament.

The children’s parliamentary caucus at Zambia’s National Assembly in Lusaka

Congratulations to young people involved in these #kidstakeovers, we really made a powerful impression!


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