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