Project information

Children's Radio Foundation-Manenberg Project

The Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) seeks to create a sustainable youth radio project in Manenberg, South Africa aimed at training 60 youth over the next 3 years. Through the project, the youth will gain critical insight into themselves and their community, by using radio as a tool of inquiry.

January 2013 - December 2015

Charity information: Children's Radio Foundation Uk Limited

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  • Need


    Stricken with poverty, gangsterism, violence and drugs, Manenberg is a challenging place to grow up in. Youth have a few opportunities for skills development and not many safe places to meet, discuss issues and look for constructive solutions. There are few adult role models who can help connect youth to further information or opportunities. Community life in Manenberg is myopic and youth are at risk of perpetuating the dismal status quo.


    Radio gives youth a voice. CRF curriculum helps to develop critical thinking, communication skills and confidence. The project also provides a safe haven for youth to discuss pertinent issues. It starts the much-needed dialogue amongst them and the community. A local trainer will serve as an adult mentor to help them produce their radio shows and link youth to resources and wider opportunities. Their content will be broadcast, providing peer-to-peer messages and education to a wider audience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Equip 20 more youth per year with adequate skills and tools for personal and community empowerment.


    » Host radio workshops at the community centre, focusing on radio production and reporting for advocacy and awareness around children’s rights.

    What success will look like

    Success will be watching the youth reporters become more confident in expressing themselves creatively and academically.

    Aim 2

    Broadcast youth content on local, national and Pan-African radio stations.


    » Produce a monthly radio show on issues important to the youth.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to have the youth produce a monthly one-hour radio show for broadcast.

    Aim 3

    Capacitate a local facilitator for a community organization and prospects for further employment.


    » Skill local trainer on how to manage a youth project; monitoring and evaluation tools; radio production and editing software.

    What success will look like

    Success will be allowing the project to continue to grow after it is up and running and we take a step back, so that a local facilitator can sustain and facilitate its success.

    Aim 4

    Community outreach.


    » Play reporter’s radio shows at schools and other community groups to stimulate discussion and feedback about the topics they deal with.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the youth gaining greater social awareness and participating meaningfully in communities through facilitating outreach listening groups around their radio show.

    Aim 5

    Introduce youth to places outside their community and expand their worldview.


    » Take youth on outings to places of historical, cultural and natural interest. Galleries, the aquarium, botanical gardens are on their wish list.

    What success will look like

    Success will be their stories being influenced by exposure to ideas, places and inspirational citizens in and outside of their community.

  • Impact


    Each youth radio journalist will gain skills for life. Feedback from their families and schools have already indicated increased levels of confidence and improved academic performance. Over the three years of the project, we will be able to monitor these indicators. The community centre where the workshop takes place, will become a vibrant space of youth participation where debates and listening groups will be hosted.


    Sustainability is a risk. Financial capacity to deliver the project at a level we envision may not always be possible. We would need to diversify our funding sources and design the project in a cost effective way. Local ownership is key to the long-term success of the project. Thus, skills transfer needs to be done in an adequate and effective way, respecting the local context and CRF’s child-centered methodology. CRF’s role after 2013 needs to be about monitoring and not about implementation.


    CRF will send monthly newsletters, along with youth broadcasts. They will also receive quarterly reports detailing aims achieved, monitoring sheets and financial accounting.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,692

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,172 Local Facilitator Fees Facilitator fees for 56 days
      £1,780 Snacks & Staitonary £25 unit cost of snacks for 16 kids, total of 56 days; £40 unit cost per stationary, total of 12
      £3,900 Outings £352 for 1 outing per month, total of 12 outing days
      £7,332 Office Production 4 office production days per month, £611 unit cost per month
      £1,012 Transportation&AdvocacyTrainer Trainer transport £5/day for 56 days; Fees for specialty advocacy trainer £61 unit cost
      £1,356 Equipment Laptop, 4 audio recorder kits, software
      £1,140 Maintanence & Internet Community Centre Maintenance Contribution, £79 unit cost; Internet connectivity for youth research
  • Background


    Manenberg is a suburb just outside Cape Town in South Africa. The unemployment rate is a staggering 66% and families struggle to provide stable homes and regular meals for their children. In 2011, 61 students graduated from Manenberg High School while more than 200 dropped out. Police statistics reveal that it has the highest rate of public violence in Cape Town. There is a general sense of fatalism, children growing up believing they have little influence in their future.


    The first beneficiaries will be the youth reporters. The skills and the exposure gained could help with future career choices. Other local youth will benefit through the radio shows broadcast on local radio and the facilitated listening sessions. They will access knowledge about their own rights through the experience and reports of the youth journalists. Local policy makers and the community at large will benefit from having youth voices starting a dialogue around issues that affect them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CRF is a leader in youth radio in Africa, with 50 project sites in 5 countries, where we have trained 1000 youth as young reporters in partnership with UNICEF. We understand the needs of young community reporters and help provide youth friendly platforms for discussion and broadcast. We have a proven curriculum that gets the youth producing quality content while developing transferable skills. Radio projects are youth-led and community owned, ensuring that content reflects relevant concerns.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nina Callaghan

    CRF staff-Radio trainer and producer. CRF staff are expert trainers with a child-centred approach.

    Clemence Petit-Perrot

    CRF staff- Radio trainer and producer. CRF staff are expert trainers with a child-centred approach.

    Anna Versveld

    Masters in anthropology-Student at University of Cape Town. Anna uses anthropological tools to analyze community issues to advise on curriculum.

    Gwen Jacobs

    Manenberg Community Centre Administrator

"Children’s Radio Foundation is my first individual commitment to a charity and I’ve made it, because its goals are so simple, powerful, and clear."

Colin Greenwood from Radiohead