Read Out Loud Radio began in October 2013 on Radio Mosi-O-Tunya in Livingstone, Zambia. The program has now aired every month and has given hundreds of children the opportunity to broadcast their voices. These sessions gives young learners the skills and tools they need to make their voice heard, creating a space for them to ask questions, reflect, listen, and learn. Via this platform, children grow in confidence while developing valuable communication skills as they think critically about the world around them.
On air, learners discuss their experiences and aspirations as they reach out to their peers and the wider community about the issues that matter to them. It is their opportunity to shine and create powerful, uplifting, and informative radio programs for young people in their community. It is a positive and empowering space, where children have permission to ask questions, be curious, and explore new worlds This strategy shows other young listeners they too can voice the issues they are facing, allowing them to not only express themselves to their peers, but also with adults in a cross-generation dialogue.