Mobilizing radio

to respond to
the pandemic

Our response

In partnership with UNICEF and other public health organizations, the Children’s Radio Foundation is focusing on re-directing our youth radio networks to safely respond to the needs of listeners in individual communities by providing critical and up-to-date information on COVID-19. As much as possible, we will provide resources that are specifically relevant to young people and to the different local realities we work across the African continent.

Slide Wash your hands regularly
with soap or an alcohol-based
hand rub.
Slide 2 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
with unwashed hands.
Slide 3 Cover your cough or sneeze
with a flexed elbow or a tissue,
then throw the tissue in the bin.

Slide 4 Leave about 1 metre between
you and others when you are out in
Slide Avoid densely populated areas
like bus stations, taxi ranks
and shopping centres.
Slide 6 Adhere to safety measures
put in place by your
Slide 7 Remember, your safety and health come first.
Make sure you’re safe and protected before
pursuing any story.

How to report on COVID-19

To ensure the safety of our 750 Youth Reporters during the COVID-19 crisis, all in-person reporting, and broadcasting activities have been suspended and replaced by remote reporting and broadcasting. We have developed curriculum material and trained our Youth Reporters to equip them to adjust and still have their voices heard in this new reality. The resources are also being shared beyond our Network to radio stations across the continent currently grappling with the same challenges.


COVID-19 stories

A candid diary from Nokuthula Mabuza about her emotional roller-coaster ride through self-isolation as she recovers from mild COVID-19.
October 8, 2020
Our host Puseletso takes us on a journey around South Africa to hear from high school students who have been experiencing both the ups and downs of online learning.
September 25, 2020
Londeka from the Queer Platform Reporters talks about the strain that the lockdown has had on her mental health as a queer woman, and how it has affected some of her peers.
August 19, 2020
While youth reporters from around South Africa all agree that lockdown has helped the country contain the spread of COVID-19, they can’t help but feel concern for the negative impact it’s had on vulnerable communities.
August 13, 2020
Puseletso and Linda attended a virtual Youth Summit on Climate Change, hosted by on International Climate Day on the 30th of June. Tune in to discover what they learnt.
August 5, 2020
Puseletso takes us on a journey into the lives of members of the South African Young Reporters Network during the COVID-19 lockdown.
July 16, 2020

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