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Radio activism: Giving youth a voice

UNICEF believes that allowing young people to speak about matters that are important to them is a key factor in rights into action. And, with children accounting for about 37% of the South African population, their thoughts, opinions and experiences cannot and should not be ignored.

In light of this, UNICEF and the national Department of Basic Education, through the Children’s Radio Foundation, established the Young Reporters Network in 2011. Involving 280 youth between 10-18 years of age and 18 community radio stations across the country, the programme affords young people from various communities in South Africa, the opportunity to tackle social issues in their communities through radio broadcasts.

These young reporters compile radio shows and reports that focus on social issues including Gender Based Violence (GBV) in schools, bullying, HIV, AIDS, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse. Through their radio shows, the young reporters are able to engage with their communities and help find solutions to problems that afflict them, while also empowering them to have a voice and speak out.

Through this ongoing media training, we have seen participants grow in confidence, develop valuable communication skills and start thinking critically about their surroundings.

As a “Friend of the CRF” UNICEF is honoured and proud of its partnership with a dynamic programme that tangibly empowers young people within their respective communities.

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UNICEF receives award from Children’s Radio Foundation
16 July 2015 - The Children’s Radio Foundation hosted the third annual Youth Radio Awards. The Youth Radio Awards recognises the effort, passion and determination of the Young Reporters Network.

Young reporters honoured on National Youth Day at South Africa’s first ever Youth Radio Awards
17 June 2013 – Dozens of young reporters and their community radio stations across the country were honoured this weekend at the Youth Radio Awards ceremony, which was held on Sunday June 16, coinciding with National Youth Day.

Young reporters embracing the power of storytelling
February 2013 - Youth in South Africa face a number of challenges – such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV and high unemployment. Behind every one of these challenges, however, there are stories to be told, but not only from an adult perspective.

It's about time we listened
With only 2% of all news stories in 13 major South African newspapers featuring youth voices, it’s time we not only listen, but create spaces for youth to be heard.





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