Strengthening community radio in rural South Africa
Vaaltar FM and CRF run local training workshops for young peopleChildren's Radio Foundation/Lerato Maduna
The workshops aim to stimulate debate on issues affecting young peopleChildren's Radio Foundation/Lerato Maduna
The trainees learn technical and editorial radio production skillsChildren's Radio Foundation/Lerato Maduna
Topics covered include education, HIV, employment and governanceChildren's Radio Foundation/Lerato Maduna
The workshops help build dialogues between adults and young peopleChildren's Radio Foundation/Lerato Maduna
Young people can choose to talk about topics that interest or concern themChildren's Radio Foundation/Lerato Maduna
CRF strives to ensure that girls feel confident to get involved in projectsChildren's Radio Foundation/Lerato Maduna
Vaaltar’s Youth Connection show gives young people a platform to speakChildren's Radio Foundation/Lerato Maduna
Radio is vital in Sub-Saharan Africa, where widespread poverty, unreliable electricity and limited literacy often make other media, such as the internet and television, far less accessible.
Media access is often particularly constrained in rural communities. This makes radio even more valuable as a tool for spreading information, driving debates on social and political issues, and strengthening people’s capacity to hold decision-makers to account.
This photo gallery shows radio training workshops for young people in Taung, a small town in South Africa’s North West province. The workshops are run by Vaaltar FM, a community radio station that broadcasts to 230,000 people, with support from the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF).