Launched in 2012, the Sa’a Suriya (Syrian Hour) radio programme is part of the response to the Syria crisis, and has become a well-known and much needed source of information that targets Syrian refugees residing in host communities in Jordan.
For Youth, By Youth
There are now more than 1.8 billion people in the world between the ages of 10 and 24, more than a quarter of the world’s population. In the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, more than 40% of the population falls into this age bracket, and in Africa it’s more than 60%!
Yet there is a noticeable lack of young voices on the global airwaves, and a very small amount of programming specifically produced by young people. Partly this is because young people often struggle to find employment opportunities in the radio sector, leading to a lack of representation as producers of radio programming. In fact, almost no institutions or organisations even keep data on how much radio content is produced by young people.
To be more inclusive, broadcasters need to work harder to improve participation and inclusion of young people along three levels:
- Radio produced for young listeners, treating youth issues, including interviews and testimonies of young people.
- Radio programs including young people in the production team, transferring radio production know-how and experience from generation to generation.
- Radio produced by young people, as producers, hosts and reporters.
Only through linking generations can radio live up to its potential as an inclusive vector of culture, education and information.
CONTENT ABOUT YOUTH PARTICIPATION & INCLUSION
Your radio station may be youth-inclusive and able to address issues that affect young people directly through programmes that air youth voices and opinions. But what about content actually created by young people?
Laurent Poillot, journalist, member of the freelance journalism association Profession Pigiste and co-founder of the Atelier des Médias in France.
An open access toolkit that provides inclusive examples to allow free exchange of ideas between girls and boys.
A list of projects supported by UNESCO that involve youth and radio, with links to more information about each.
Young people have dreams, they have new ideas, and they sometimes just need a space to discuss issues affecting their lives.
Online streaming and upload service Spreaker has put together a special collection of World Radio Day podcasts made by and for young people.
Article: Fundamental topics such as gender rights and natural resources engage young people on the radio
Father Ismael Moreno Coto, Director of Radio Progreso
World Radio Day message from Emmanuel Sémo, President and founder of Radio VL, France
World Radio Day Message from Jean François Raskin, Vice-President of RTBF, Belgium.