• Pikin Varanda:
The Pikin Varanda was initiated through the Lean Withuut Fear (LWF) project in 2009 supported by Plan International; it is Aired in two main Radio Station in Sierra Leone i.e Radio Democracy FM 98.1 and Afri Radio FM 105.3 from Freetown to other district in Sierra Leone and on the Internet. The program discusses issues that affect children in schools and Communities. It promotes Children’s Rights, Protection, Education, Health, emergency Social Mobilization and positive Gender practice for girls across Sierra Leone.
The Pikin Varanda now serves as a Platform for Child rights advocates, we trained 50 children yearly and provided access to over 100 children to have their say on matters that affect them in Schools and in Communities. Through our Radio partners, the program reaches 12 out of the 16 districts in Sierra Leone. This radio show has been a key monitoring platform by the Ministry of Gender and Children affairs and the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education in Sierra Leone to know what children think about their education and child protection.
• Me and Me teacher:
The Me and Me Teacher Radio program initiative was developed to respond to the COVI-19 in the year 2020 when the Government of Sierra Leone closed all schools. Our children through interaction with volunteers requested that YACAN initiate an idea to do a student and teacher interactive program that will promote learning through the radio. This was supported by the GAA project as a mitigating measure to help girls who are at home and are preparing to take their Basic Secondary School exams, for the first time in sierra Leone a teaching radio program was produce to look at four core subjects (Maths, English, Sciences and Social Studies) children were provided with assignment twice a week as a means to get feedback.
Children from across Sierra Leone benefited from the radio teaching from 12 district according to records on assignment sent to our production team, 10 Professional teachers were training with new remote learning skills with a child moderator reflecting on the syllabus and some challenging topics, the program was only produced for 6 months due to lack of financial support. We are willing to restart this program again as we are convinced that this is another method to promote distance learning for children on core subjects and children across Sierra Leone are craving that YACAN would produce the Me and Me teacher once funding is available.
Position Paper and Call to action: (IN YELLOW AND DOWNLOADABLE)
Kindly find attached some of our advocacy instruments and let us know how you think we can do more in the advocacy for children and Youth in Sierra Leone.