Children's Radio
Foundation

Youth changing lives
and communities
through radio

What we do

The Children’s Radio Foundation trains youth across Africa as radio reporters, giving them the tools and skills to make their voices heard. They ignite important conversations and gain leadership experience to last a lifetime.
Speaking in local languages and in a youth-friendly style, they interview community members, host debates, and bring out local perspectives on the issues that are impacting their lives.

With 68 project sites across 5 countries, 748 active youth reporters reach 9.7 million listeners each week.

Our radio broadcasts present new opportunities to youth and build pathways for them to strengthen communities. We are training and mentoring a new generation of broadcasters and thought leaders across Africa. They build their confidence, develop communication skills, think critically, and work together to tackle issues in their communities.

Key focus areas

ADOLESCENT HEALTH Sisipho uses the power of radio to get his community talking about HIV, and to encourage young people to take ownership of their health. WATCH NOW HIV & AIDS Purity uses the power of radio to challenge misconceptions, dispel fears, and educate her community about HIV and AIDS. WATCH NOW LGBTI+ RIGHTS Patou uses the power of radio
to combat discrimination and to get LGBTI+ youth in DRC speaking about their lives and their concerns.
WATCH NOW
VIOLENCE & SAFETY Asanda uses the power of radio
to raise awareness about gun violence, and to advocate for a safer community.
WATCH NOW
CLIMATE CHANGE Beatrice uses the power of radio
to challenge mindsets and shift attitudes around the environment.
WATCH NOW
EDUCATION & OPPORTUNITY Hallelujah uses the power of radio
to teach the financial skills needed to manage small agricultural enterprises.
WATCH NOW

Our reach

68

project sites in 5 countries

3517

trained youth reporters

9.7m

weekly
listeners

21

broadcast languages

Why radio?

RADIO IS AFRICA'S FIRST CHOICE According to UNESCO, 83% of Tanzanians said they get news and information from radio. RADIO IS ON THE RISE There are now more listeners to radio globally than ever before in history (Nielsen). RADIO IS EASY TO LEARN Radio requires minimal technical expertise. Young people are able to learn production and broadcast skills easily. RADIO SKILLS ARE LIFE SKILLS Learning how to interview, research, and produce a radio show empowers youth, builds their confidence, communication skills, and critical thinking. RADIO IS PORTABLE Radio can follow you from place to place, wherever you are and whatever you're doing. It works in places where electricity is not a given. RADIO REACHES THE HARD-T0-REACH Radio is the only form of media in many remote, isolated places. It broadcasts where newspapers and television signals do not reach. RADIO BUILDS COMMUNITY Radio is often the pulse of communities across Africa. It reflects the concerns of the day and speaks to local realities. It is a dialogue starter and an information hub.
YOUTH RADIO PROJECTS ARE INEXPENSIVE Radio stations require limited funds to run. It is possible to reach an audience of millions in a cost-effective way.

How we work

  • h
    IDENTIFY
    a radio station and community organization partner.
  • h
    TRAIN COMMUNITY
    members to work as youth project leaders and mentors.
  • h
    TRAIN YOUTH
    to produce and broadcast radio shows.
  • h
    SUPPORT
    projects with resources, production guides, and information to enable high quality reporting.
  • h
    YOUTH
    report on important issues and broadcast radio shows that stimulate dialogue.
  • h
    CONNECT
    youth to opportunities for advancement, and allow them to interact and learn from each other.

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