Refugee and migrant teenagers from Venezuela launch a radio program in the Brazilian State of Roraima

The Super Panas Radio program is back, this time it will be presented by teenagers addressing important topics for families in Brazil

17 March 2023
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Boa Vista, March 17, 2023 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the Pirilampos Institute and the Social Service of Commerce of Roraima (SESC-RR), launches today the new phase of Super Panas Radio, a program presented by teenagers from Venezuela that delivers, in a dynamic and fun way, key information for the lives of refugee and migrant families in Brazil related to culture, mental health, education and other topics.

The first four episodes, in Portuguese and Spanish, are now available on Spotify and YouTube, and will soon be broadcasted on commercial radio stations in Roraima, the Brazilian state that was most affected by the Venezuelan migration flow.

The program Súper Panas, a Spanish expression that can be translated as Super Friends, aims to be a space for dialogue with the Brazilian population.

“In addition to the radio shows with essential information about life in Brazil, Súper Panas Radio guarantees a space for refugee and migrant teenagers and young people to exercise their participation and active voice about their culture and potential”, says the head of the UNICEF Office in Roraima, Estela Caparelli.

Since August 2022, the more than 65 teenagers that signed up to participate in this new phase of the radio took part in the entire production process until the final stage of recording episodes. The training cycle took five weeks, which included all stages of creating a radio program, with SESC Arts, Media, Technologies and Youth Laboratory (LABMais) conducting the technical part.

For one of the young announcers from the first group of broadcasters, Carlos Bello, 16, the experience was challenging and opened doors to a new perspective on radio. “I learned a lot in each class: the names of the equipment, the techniques to speak on a microphone, what is a jingle, and how to conduct an interview. The result of the program made my fear and shyness worthwhile”, he says.

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UNICEF/Pirilampos/BRZ/Jesus Covas

Carlos Eduardo Bello Acosta, from the Pricumã shelter, was a student in the first course in radio production.

Carlos lives in one of the shelters of the Welcome Operation, the humanitarian taskforce led by the Brazilian government in partnership with civil society organizations and UN agencies, including UNICEF in response to the migration flow from Venezuela.

“It’s incredible to observe how fast the teenagers develop. We always aim to encourage communication and youth leadership during the workshops. We make them exercise their right to expression and communication", highlights Nara Cardoso, the Communication Coordinator of the Social and Behavioral Change at the Pirilampos Institute.

For the culture analyst at SESC in Roraima, Francisco Neto, the partnership between the three institutions represents an opportunity for teenagers in vulnerable situations. “We bring these young people closer to audiovisual productions, training those who do not have access to opportunities, due to their economic and social context, so that they can become qualified and enhance their talent and skills in digital and media production”, he says.

The programs, presented in an educational and fun way, address key aspects on how to access rights and services for the new life that families seek in Brazil. They complement the knowledge that teenagers acquire in the Súper Panas Spaces, a UNICEF strategy to which the radio is incorporated.

All current and future episodes are also available on the SESC, Pirilampos Institute and UNICEF websites.

About Super Panas

Súper Panas Radio is part of the Súper Panas strategy to aid public authorities in ensuring the rights of refugee and migrant children and adolescents to education, protection and communication. Súper Panas has 26 spaces and has already helped more than 45 thousand children and adolescents with non-formal educational activities, child protection actions against violence and psychosocial support. The strategy has financial support from the United States Government and the European Union through the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State (PRM) and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

Media contacts

Marco Prates
Communication/SBC in Emergencies
UNICEF Brazil
Tel: (61) 99695 0123

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