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Radio – My lifesaver!
Sikelela Rollom, is a 21-year-old youth reporter with Nkqubela FM in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape province UNICEF- supported mental health community radio dialogues. I have always been this loud, bubbly, jovial, kind, and outspoken young girl. I loved being around a crowd of people and making new friends. Until my world took a sudden shift after the…
Navigating the storm
For Musa Kuzwayo, high school was a constant struggle to fit in – until he became a community radio youth reporter at Alex FM. Working on the UNICEF-supported mental health project, he found a platform where he could express himself, and help others to do the same. In the quiet corners of our minds, battles are waged daily, unseen by the world. …
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Being bullied at school can have a lasting, negative effect on a learner’s life. Youth reporter Sibusisiwe Khosa, from Emalahleni FM in Mpumalanga participated in the UNICEF-supported mental health dialogues and speaks out about her experience of bullying, and how she overcame its negative impact. My name is Sibusisiwe Khoza and I have suffered a…
Urgent action needed to put children at the heart of the climate response in South Africa
PRETORIA, 06 December 2023 – Extra effort must be placed on ensuring that children and young people are better protected, more visible and empowered to actively respond to the climate and environmental crisis, according to the ‘ Climate, Energy and Environment Landscape Analysis for Children in South Africa Climate, Energy and Environment…
Opening rural conversations about mental health
In every area I have visited people asked for a second visit: they say being part of the awareness and community dialogues on Mental Health is therapeutic. “I grew up in a society, where men are perceived as strong according to our cultural belief, and under a popular phrase “Men do not cry” which also promotes, patriarchy. It has not been easy to…
My body, my health: my wealth
My body my health my wealth banner with a healthy young woman smiling broadly, resting her face on her hands which are on top of a beautiful ripe apple South Africa’s youth are driving efforts to empower peers and create a more conducive environment to live healthier lifestyles and prevent NCDs Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are responsible for…, Urgent action is needed, A five-year strategic plan (2022 - 2027) to prevent and control NCDs has been developed and needs action. UNICEF Youth Volunteer Clubs are doing just that through the second phase of their campaign: ‘My body, my health: my wealth’. UNICEF produced a study to better understand diet and physical activity trends among adolescents and youth. This…, Small changes are powerful, The local environment can make healthy living choices difficult but, there are ways in which we can improve our health to help prevent NCDs. Plan and pack: be prepared for the day with healthy snacks like fresh or dried fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and a bottle of water. This will help you make better food choices and save you money! Focus…
Nurturing the future: From learning to earning
The ‘Basic Package of Support Programme’ (BPS) was set up to provide holistic services to improve the wellbeing and employability of young people. This work is urgent. In South Africa, more than 60% of the country’s youth are not in employment, education, or training. In response, the BPS aims to provide youth, aged 15-24-years, with the skills…, Firefighting into the future, Tyrece was born and bred in Atlantis, Western Cape. As a young boy he visited the local fire station and from that moment on dreamt of being a firefighter. But applying for his dream job was not easy with no practical training or experience on how to develop an application and with internet access hard to come. The Atlantis ‘Basic Package of…, Modelling into the future, Shastri was born and bred in Atlantis, Western Cape, a young life full of violence and obstacles. Today, he’s taking his dream of being a model to the next level, working with a team of Youth Coaches as a participant in the ‘Basic Package of Support’ programme that provides holistic services to youth to improve their wellbeing and employability.…, Designing into the future, Meagan was born and bred in Atlantis, Western Cape. She discovered her love and talent for art at a young age. Today, she’s turning her artistic dream into a business venture by selling her artwork and jewellery. The young artist has turned entrepreneur with support from a team of Youth Coaches as a participant in the ‘Basic Package of Support’…, More to explore
Vuka Vuma Vax! Its a part of life!
From vaccine hesitancy to herd immunity, variants to boosters, COVID-19 to measles – there’s a lot to the vaccination conversation in South Africa. A partnership between UNICEF South Africa and Vuselela Media has been training young community journalists to report on the day-to-day vaccination discussion and surface the stories that move it…, Matsoarelo Makuke | Alex FM | Johannesburg, My name is Matsoarelo Makuke and I represented Alex FM in the Vuka Vuma Vax campaign with UNICEF South Africa. As a community journalist, the experience has been awesome. It provided me with an opportunity to work on my skills and tackling questions and how to handle situations when interviewees go out of context. Engaging with different people…, Sikelela Rollom | Nkqubela FM | Gqeberha, It has been an absolute pleasure for me to represent Nkqubela FM, a community radio station in Gqeberha, for the Vuka Vuma Vax campaign. Through this campaign I had the opportunity to tell the vaccination stories of the people in my community. The first thing I learned during the training conducted by Mr Mthoba Chapi is the power of using a…, Bukho Ndamase | UCR FM | Mthatha, There's a piece of writing that says, "life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself". My name is Bukho Ndamse from Mthatha, representing UCR FM. Throughout the training I felt that I was creating myself. In the past months I have learnt so much during the training. I went from knowing what exactly a vaccine is, and what the…, Llyle Jefferies | Radio K | Cape Town, VUKA VUMA Vax, the campaign that brought together 32 strangers and had them leave as friends. An eventful and knowledge filled campaign aiding the youth and helping spread the word on today's health issues. The first day we all met on Zoom, a screen filled with happy faces and smiles to be all taught by an excellent lecturer, Mthoba Chapi, a man…
Aggressive marketing tactics by the food industry can have an impact on your health
The food industry has many creatives tactics to get into your head, your wallet and…your body. The marketing strategies used to advertise unhealthy foods are anything but simple but are often quite effective at influencing your food choices. The food industry uses tactics like tracking your digital footprint, pushing out ads on social media just…
Three-years since COVID-19 shutdown, youth reflect on their experiences through new photo book and exhibit
JOHANNESBURG, 22 March 2023 – Nearly 3-years since South Africa and the world shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, a new photo book and exhibit launched today presents the reflections of young people on the pandemic years and their role in building a safer, fairer and better future. ‘ COVID-19 & Beyond: Through a Youth Lens ’ photo book…
U-Report South Africa
U-Report is a FREE & ANONYMOUS messaging platform for youth participation It is designed as a tool to address issues that young people care about, share information, raise awareness, and collect data on specific areas that impact children and young people, including the most vulnerable. The information provided by U-Reporters is analyzed in…, About U-Report, U-Report is UNICEF's flagship digital platform started in 2011, to engage young people in programme priorities, emergency response, and advocacy actions. It supports adolescent, youth, and community participation; and works as a tool to share information, raise awareness, and collect quantifiable data on specific areas that impact children,…, Join now, U-Report is available on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram and Moya App. Option 1 On WhatsApp: Save +27 83 283 8313 as U-Report SA, Enter the keyword JOIN OR Scan the U-Report QR Code below, Enter JOIN On Telegram: Save +27 83 283 8313 as U-Report SA, and send the keyword JOIN. On Facebook: Follow UReport South Africa , Open messenger,…, Particpate, South Africa U-report site screenshot Participate in the national decision- making process by contributing to U- Report Polls, Live Chats, U-Report Informational Center chatbots and connect physically with other young people to take an action. U-Report South Africa is used in different ways to deliver on programme, humanitarian and advocacy…, More to explore