Youth Hubs in Cabo Delgado aim to develop young leaders and build community resilience
With funding from OSISA, h2n started implementing its Youth Hubs program in Cabo Delgado in January this year. The Youth Hubs engage young people aged 14-20 by training and involving them in radio production and facilitating the development of life skills, motivating positive action and instilling a sense of hope and ambition. Building on the existing social infrastructure of its community radio station partners, h2n aims to turn the hubs into active catalytical mechanisms for societal change, community resilience and prevention of violent extremism. The Youth Hub in Mecufi has six members, three young men and three young women. Earlier today, the members were engaged in learning radio journalism, part of an induction program that will continue for the next two weeks. “The Youth Hub means a lot both to the community and the radio,” says Adelino Sumaila, the RC Mecufi coordinator. “The youth represent human resources for the radio, and they become a signal group to their peers.” The participants were selected from a large group of local applicants. “I want to learn to communicate and help my colleagues, so that they don’t get pregnant before the age of 18, but rather finish their studies before getting married,” says Palmira Raul, a 10th grade student. “I want to learn and contribute to the dissemination of information because young people in our district still lacks information about what happens in the country,” says 15-year old Abdala Sualé. At the moment, the program is only being implemented at radios in the southern part of the province due to the growing violence in the northern parh2nt, but if and when things stabilize, the program will be expanded to northern districts. h2n, which is primarily supported by Norway, works extensively with community radios, produces community videos, broadcasts the “Saude e Vida” television program on health and wellness, facilitates youth engagement hubs and pursues a rapidly expanding gender equality agenda.