Lisa Maseko And Charmaine Maneto
Tagged as: talk show
The African Elements.
Children and youth represent more than one-third of the world’s population and will represent even more in the years ahead. In the least developed countries, young people account for nearly 70 percent of the total population. Young people who are neither in employment nor in education are said to constitute 10 per cent of the youth population including those who have dropped out of school.
Radio continues to provide great opportunities to communicate with children and young people. Then why is it that radio, the most popular, widespread and accessible medium, often fails to present young people’s voices? Perhaps radio producers are speaking into the microphone on behalf of young people rather than letting them speak for themselves, or perhaps this demographic is not regarded as a market – something that undermines the potential of radio to reflect diversity.
The show deals with children’s rights and explores issues such as child labor, abuse, education, peer pressure, human trafficking of young women and economic partnering amongst others, it also covers lighter matters such as music and sport, and broadcasts inspirational success stories. The show creates a space where young people can air their views and speak freely about issues that are important to them. It gets the community talking and thinking and puts the young people in a position to influence decision-making that affects them.
The show creates a new platform to get African Youth to build a new Africa with no boundaries and hang-ups of colonialism on where they are and what they can do or can be. The show will build partnerships with Youth Movements, for a, Leagues and Associations to afford them a platform to promote youth issues. It will have a segment on movie and book reviews as a way of promoting expression in art and written form.