In times of uncertainty and emergency like the current moment, radio is both a first-responder, and a comfort and companion. It is able to reach communities with critical information in the languages they speak – as well as information that reflects the situation in their communities. During this COVID-19 pandemic, radio gets the word out about hand washing and social distancing, and it lets communities have their say and voice their concerns about their health. It is also a platform for youth to express their hopes and anxieties about their futures.
700 Children’s Radio Foundation young reporters in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, and Zambia have quickly adapted their reporting and broadcasting methods to reach their communities with vital information, while keeping safe.