GOOD WORKS: Zambia’s young leaders #Lighting the Way | Children's Radio Foundation

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The Agents of Change Foundation and their bright leaders, Brighton Kaoma and Josephine Pumulo made some marks in history recently, by representing 2 million young Zambians at an event announcing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

On the weekend of the 25th to 27th September 2015, world leaders met to agree on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals. These will replace the Millennium Development Goals which expire at the end of 2015. On the eve of the announcement, various stakeholders including Agents of Change and its partners – Restless Development and Action2015 gathered together at Lusaka’s Government Complex to remind their leaders not to forget the young people as we move from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to #LightTheWay to a new era. Agents of Change were selected to speak at this auspicious event, with Brighton speaking about a topic he is strongly passionate about, CLIMATE CHANGE, and his colleague, Josephine spoke about INEQUALITY. In attendance was Zambia’s Minister for Youth and Sport, Vincent Mwale and other permanent secretaries from different ministries, including the ministry of Environmental Protection. Three of the newly CRF trained youth reporters covered the event and conducted interviews with many different guests, including the Minister for Youth and Sport.

This event came at a busy time for the Foundation, after completing training of 40 youth reporters at the Youth Radio Workshop held at the SOS Childrens’ Village in Lusaka. During the training, the youth were introduced to the partner radio stations, Pan African Radio and Power FM and also got to listen to inspiring mentors and speakers, such as radio and television personality and journalist Kenny Tonga, and recording a profile with Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot, Kalenga Kamwendo. The Agents of Change Foundation have since moved on to radio trainings in Kitwe with another 40 youth, and are empowering new youth reporters with a voice that will enable them to be leaders.

Talk about catalyzing a generation of young ethical leaders!

Listen here to an interview with the Kitwe District Commisioner, Chanda Kabwe praising the work of Agents of Change Foundation.

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