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

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
700 Children’s Radio Foundation young reporters across Africa have quickly adapted their reporting and broadcasting methods to reach their communities with vital information, while keeping safe.
June 26, 2020
Matlala's studies came to a halt during lockdown. Like many others, she was afraid she wouldn't be able to complete her final year of high school.
June 19, 2020
Keneilwe's friends are more of a support system than her family. Staying safe is important, but parting with her friends for lockdown was emotional.
June 9, 2020

Latest Numbers

Media Hack want to help spread reliable data about COVID-19. They’ve made a small widget that anyone can embed on their own website. The widget is a small iframe that you can add to your website and it lists the most recent data available on COVID-19.

Click on the widget to access the full dashboard of statistics or click here to access the code.