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Zimbabwe, August 2013: The Youth-Zone on Zi-FM

The Y-Zone is a clarion call of Zimbabwe’s children’s intention to express themselves through the use of media, in general, and radio in particular. It clearly explains the important role that radio can play in putting children’s issues into action – not just in making sure the decision makers of tomorrow are protected and respected but also by enabling them to be actively involved in the development of their communities.

The scope of the programme

The scope of the Y-Zone encompasses every aspect of children’s lives and especially that of the girl child. This is because in Zimbabwe as everywhere in Africa, it has been proven that girls suffer more discrimination and abuse in life from birth into adult womanhood than boys.

The majority of programmes featured on local radio impact in one way or another on the lives of children. Yet the views and voices of children themselves are excluded, either because they are not deemed to be part of the community, or because broadcasters do not recognize that children would or could have anything of value to say, or because it is judged that adults would not want to listen to children.

Objectives

The Y-Zone addresses all the issues affecting children such as Corporal Punishment, Sex Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Bullying, Child Labour and Climate Change among others. The objectives of the program that is airing for the next 52 weeks are:

  1. To provide a platform for dialogue on child related issues in Zimbabwe
  2. To give children and young people a voice in defining what they want in order to be empowered in their respective communities
  3. To provide those lobbying for children’s rights with an effective recognized instrument for change and to involve young people as equal partners in the process of making change at policy and decision making levels.

The Y-Zone is supported by UNICEF with funding from the Swedish Government International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

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