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.
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.
To contribute to countering disinformation on COVID-19 and promoting healthy behaviours, UNESCO has produced a series of audio messages that can be freely used by radio stations from around the world. UNESCO is making these resources available to help stop the harm caused by the so called “info-demic” accompanying the virus. The short audio messages (available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic) give useful information on preventive measures, debunk myths about the virus, and highlight the importance of non-discrimination and solidarity. [UNESCO]
Feel free to share this PSA from the Minister of Basic Education, Angelina Motshekga as she sends out a message to encourage teachers, parents and learners to read as many books as possible during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period. The Department has made available the 2Enable app as a freely downloadable educational platform with more than 2000 readers in the indigenous languages. The series is brought to you by the Department of Basic Education in partnership with UNICEF and Children’s Radio Foundation. [SoundCloud]
For teenagers facing life changes due to the outbreak who are feeling anxious, isolated and disappointed, know this: you are not alone. We spoke with expert adolescent psychologist, best-selling author and monthly New York Times columnist Dr. Lisa Damour about what you can do to practice self-care and look after your mental health. [UNICEF]
To respond to school closures and isolation measures, parenting experts have created a new set of evidence-based resources for parents and caregivers to support their children’s growth – and interact with them constructively – during this time of confinement. [End Violence Against Children]
For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. [Audible]
When the coronavirus pandemic first emerged, public health officials told the world to watch out for its telltale symptoms: fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. But as the virus has spread across the globe, researchers have developed a more nuanced picture of how symptoms of infection can manifest themselves, especially in milder cases. [Goats and Soda]
Cloth masks do a good job at keeping in large respiratory droplets that can spread a disease like COVID-19 — the kind of droplets you spit out when coughing or talking. But there's another possible benefit to wearing a mask: protecting yourself from droplets. But masks, both homemade and made by vendors, vary in how good they are at keeping out pathogens.