Speaking out: the joys of being a child journalist

Having a secondary school bursary is something that most girls in Malawi dream of. In a country where poverty rates are high, many girls fail to finish secondary school. Ellen Rajab, who studies at Mpondasi Community Day Secondary School, is one of the lucky ones. She is a confident, outgoing girl. As she sits on the white sandy beach by the side of Lake Malawi on a sunny afternoon, she enthusiastically explains how far she has come.

My name is Tarsizious and I am a U-Reporter!

Tarsizious TJ Chikaonda, U-reporter UNICEF/Malawi/2018/Moving minds multimedia By Tarsizious TJ Chikaonda, 20, student at National College of Information Technology U-Report Malawi is promoting young people’s freedom of expression. As a young man, my father has always been my inspiration because of the achievement he made to get his PhD. So one of my many ambitions … Continue reading My name is Tarsizious and I am a U-Reporter!

My name is Francis and I am a U-Reporter!

Francis Chimberenga, a U reporter UNICEF/Malawi/2018/Chimberenga By Francis Chimberenga, 23, student at Malawi College of Health Sciences U-Report Malawi is a free mobile based-platform which addresses concerns that affects the youth through text message surveys. It provides a platform through which young people send their own concerns in form of text message. One can become … Continue reading My name is Francis and I am a U-Reporter!

U-Report: Giving young people in Malawi a voice!

U-Report was first launched in Uganda in 2011 and now has a presence in 40 countries. It is a free mobile-based tool to address issues that young people care about through regular opinion polls. As a UN Volunteer working for UNICEF, I attended the U-Report Malawi launch and share how it will give chance for young people to report on things happening in their community.

My name is Lilian and I am a U-Reporter!

Lilian at the U-Report Launch at Malawi College of Health Sciences in Lilongwe © UNICEF/Malawi/2018/Luhanga By Lilian Kaoza,23, Community Development student at Pentecostal Life University I was brought up in a community where there are so many issues affecting young people as well as the community. I like working with fellow young people as we … Continue reading My name is Lilian and I am a U-Reporter!

What causes cholera?

By Isaac Kadam’manja, Form 3 student, Chinsapo Secondary School Isaac Kadam’manja, Form 3 student, Chinsapo Secondary School © UNICEF/2018/Naomi Kalemba Cholera is a diarrheal disease that is caused by bacteria. The first cholera cases in Malawi were recorded around 1976. Since then many people have lost their lives to the disease. People can contract cholera … Continue reading What causes cholera?

Cholera threats at my school in Chinsapo, Lilongwe

By Alinafe Banda, Form 3 Student, Chinsapo Secondary School Alinafe Banda at Chinsapo Secondary School. © UNICEF Malawi/2018/Naomi Kalemba Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease that is caused by bacteria. It spreads through consuming water and food that has been contaminated with the fecal material containing the cholera bacteria. Once in the body, the bacteria … Continue reading Cholera threats at my school in Chinsapo, Lilongwe

Think positive …what role does stigma and stereotypes play in the transmission of HIV?

By Yasmin Youssef, UNICEF Malawi Guest Blogger What do you think about when you hear HIV/AIDS? Be honest! Do you have dramatic pictures of sickly, scraggy, suffering people in your head? Or do you picture Tom Hanks in his movie Philadelphia? Many of you reading this article probably will. You do not have to be … Continue reading Think positive …what role does stigma and stereotypes play in the transmission of HIV?

A new generation……a new approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and care?

By: Jack Liddall, UNICEF Malawi Guest Blogger I am 16 years old. I was born at the beginning of the 21st century and live in a world that my parents could hardly have imagined. A world of the internet, a digital age, where I can Skype someone on the other side of the world if I … Continue reading A new generation……a new approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and care?