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:

  1. Radio produced for young listeners, treating youth issues, including interviews and testimonies of young people.
  2. Radio programs including young people in the production team, transferring radio production know-how and experience from generation to generation.
  3. 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.