On the Saturday 23d of November, I visited the Tanzanian Young Reporters to help Unicef to document by taking pictures and interviewing young people.
The aim of this network is to teach teenagers new skills in radio (handling, using the equipment, reporting and producing programmes) by developing their capacity to fight for children rights.
Approximately 60 children have been trained in Tanzania which has the advantage of its unified language, Kiswahili, spoken throughout the country.
In those 30 minutes programmes, the teens share their concerns, hopes and aspirations, challenges and obstacles in a country where the voices of young people still remain most of the time silent and where children rights rarely feature in the mainstream media from a young’s perspective.
Using the radio is an effective way of spreading young people’s messages among the public, key decision-makers and the government. It is also an opportunity for youngs to offer key insights and perspectives on the issues that concern and affect them. The programs are broadcasted on the collaborating community radio stations and uploaded on http://soundcloud.com/groups/young-reporters-network-wanahabari-watoto/tracks to be listened for free.