Arrianne, the young U-Reporter and future journalist, attentive to young people in Fort Dauphin

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Ny Hasina RAMAHENINA
Arrianne JRC
UNICEF/UN0484730/Ramasomanana
09 July 2021

Razafitsihaminy Arrianne, a 17-year-old high school student, lives in the South of Madagascar in Fort Dauphin with her parents and her five siblings; she is the penultimate of the children. She has joined the JRC (Junior Reporters Club) at the local radio station “Anosy Fréquence” since she was 14 years old, in 2018. The JRC programme offers teenagers the opportunity to be trained in basic radio journalism techniques and to practice in local radio stations. At that time, she also participated in the One Minute Junior competition for which she covered the topic of children's schooling. One Minute Junior is an international artistic initiative where young participants express themselves through a short one-minute video to get a message across and to advocate for a cause.

In our interview with Arrianne in last June, she spoke easily about her beliefs and why she chose to participate in several programmes targeting youth in her city. "I chose to be a Girl Scout before I became a JRC. It was a personal choice because I have always loved being in contact with people and especially being involved in causes related to children's rights," she said, adding with a big smile that she dreams of becoming a journalist. On weekends and during school vacations, her social commitments occupy her time.

Given her altruistic nature, she has become a confidante for her friends. Arrianne told us that she is concerned about early pregnancy which is gaining ground among young girls of her age in Fort Dauphin. "In my circle, there are many girls who get pregnant and drop out of school because of it. I feel that it is my duty to do something to help them and to prevent young girls from compromising their future." That's why she is now preparing for participation in a new edition of One Minute Junior to speak out about this phenomenon. Recently, she also joined the U-Report programme launched in Fort Dauphin. With her other commitments as a scout and U-Reporter, Arrianne has every chance to make her voice heard on various youth issues.

The UNICEF support through funding from the Korean Development Agency (KOICA) to these youth-related programmes, including the U-Report programme and the Junior Reporter Club, allows young people, especially girls, in the Anosy Region to be involved and have an impact on positive changes in the community.