What is the Children's Radio?
The Children's Radio Project (CRP) is a project oft the Children's
Resource Centre(CRC).The aim is to set up a radio station which
will be run by children, for children and with children. Its immediate
audience and target group will be the members of the Children's
Resource Centre especially those who are situated in Khayalitsha,
a residential area near Cape Town where the CRC has a concentration
of children's groups. This phase of the project
will be for one year to enable the CRC to develop the capacity to
sustain the children's radio. This phase will include the training
of the co-ordinators and the members of the organisation (who are
children between the ages of 7 and 14) who will eventually be responsible
for the running of the radio project. Once this first stage of the
project has been completed, the radio project will be extended to
include the rest of the members of the CRC and children within the
communities where it will be operative. The training of the children
includes all aspects of radio work.
* Our audience for the first year will primarily be children who
are members of the groups affiliated to the CRC with specific emphasis
on those groups situated in the area of Khayalitsha.
* to train a group of people within the CRC(adults and children)who
will be able to sustain the Radio Project of the CRC: Broadcast
radio programmes for children by children and with children.
* to strengthen and consolidate the children's groups affiliated
to the CRC and to popularise the work it is doing amongst others
by giving children a voice.
* to develop and produce radio programmes of an alternative nature
that will incalculate a set of values that will contribute to the
creation of a qualitatively better way of live for themselves and
the communities in which they live.
* to develop a long term strategy for the Children's Radio beyond
* Our constituency is predominantly working class children of all
language groups(Afrikaans & Xhosa)in both the rural and urban
areas. These are primarily children in the primary school but the
CRC works with them after school.
The Radio Project is the responsibility of the CRC who has appointed
two members of the organisation to co-ordinate it, a Co-ordinator
and a trainee assistant.
Bush Radio, a Community Radio Network,
has been approached to assist with the
training programme of the Children's
Surveys conducted in the community have
revealed much support for a children's
radio. And, with the assistance of the
National Community Radio
Forum(NCRF),broadcasting will start as
soon as our application for license has
been favourably considered by the authorities.
The degree of progress or backwardness in any country can be measured
directly by the level of protection and security the children receive
within the country .Under the old order, children, like most of
the population, had absolutely no rights. In fact, the record will
reflect that under Apartheid, children were the most abused section
of the population.
As part of empowering children to speak for themselves and demanding
their rights which will be included in the new constitution, the
CRC sees the children's radio it is setting up as playing an important
role in that process.
important could be the role that a children's radio could play in
enabling children to make a bigger contribution to transforming
South Africa into a better place for all, especially for the children
of the country who constitute almost 35% of the population, that
is, over 10 million people.
South African children, like the children in many other countries,
are faced with many very serious problems and difficulties. There
is a high rate of child abuse, crime and violence, poverty, homelessness,
lack of education, etc.
And the media, rather than assisting children in dealing with
these problems, presents these problems in a way that disempowers
Very little is offered to show that there is an alternative and
that children, through their own efforts, can be active participants
in the process of building a better way of life for themselves and
Also there is enough evidence to show that more people, especially
in the rural areas, have more access to a radio than a television.
Even more important, South Africa still has a high rate of illiteracy.
The radio, therefore has the potential to reach more people.
Hopefully, with the dawn of a new era in our country, greater
attention will be given to the voices of children. Children's Radio
can certainly make a substantial contribution to this process.
The Children's Radio Station will be situated in the Western Cape
more specifically in the residential area of Khayalitsha. Initially
it will have a broadcasting radius of 5 Km.
Once the project has been shown to be a success, it will be extended
to include the other areas where the CRC has children's groups.
This is a completely new experience in the history of South Africa.
It has great potential, but we first need to show that we can start
it. It is therefore important that we start on a scale that we can
The intention is to start in February 1996 or as soon as our license
has been granted by the IBA (Independent Broadcasting Authority).
The aim is to first train the two co-ordinators of the radio project
and about eight carefully chosen members (children) from the ranks
of the children's groups. The CRC has a approximately 1200 children
who are members of over 50 groups affiliated to it.
Every attempt will be made to collect as
much information through surveys and
interviews with children and adults in
the communities and organisations
working with children. Much of this will
be done by the children themselves.
The CRC was established more than thirteen years ago as part of
an effort to develop and cultivate new ways of getting children
to grow up and live. Right from is birth, the aim was to incalculate
a sense of sharing and caring for each other. This was done through
our programmes which consisted of the non-competitive games, toymaking,
gardening, child-to-child health care programmes, etc. The Children's
Radio and Youth Commune Project are two of the CRC's more recent
We have identified our target group as working class children
of primary school-going age, this is, the seven to thirteen year
old children, in the areas where they live, stay and attend school.
We are situated mainly in the Western Cape, more particularly
the Cape Peninsula. We have, however, also worked with children
in other parts of the country ( the Eastern Cape, Northern Transvaal,
Natal and even in Namibia). Work in other parts of the country is
mainly done through the Trust for Christian Outreach and Education.
The work with children is done almost exclusively on a voluntary
basis by unemployed working class women for whom the CRC has conducted
a range of education and training programmes over the years.
Much of the work of the CRC has done has been made possible with
financial assistance from South African Church organisations and
from German donor agencies.
For this CRC we will be needing as much assistance as possible
of all kinds from local institutions and organisations.
Contact Address, Telephone, Fax Details:
The Children's Resource Centre
Salt River Road
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: (021) 475757 Fax: (021) 478597