In the recent referendum on Scottish independence, 16 and 17 year olds were allowed to vote for the first time. With a registration rate close to 100% any generalised remarks about politically apathetic teenagers need to be examined. Ensuring that young adults are enthused and adequately represented by politics, however, is not an easy thing. That’s what Livity Africa are hoping to do in South Africa with an innovative new programme of youth reporters embedded in the South African parliament. We’re delighted to announce that we have awarded them a grant of £8,000 towards this work.
Livity will install a team of youth reporters in and around parliament who, working closely with Parliamentary Monitoring Group (another Indigo grantee), will be responsible for capturing and reporting key parliamentary highlights and turning them into youth-relevant/youth-friendly content. The content will be featured across all Livity’s platforms, including their YouTube channel.
There will be 4-6 young people recruited for the project who will be given training in journalism, video production and photography, with at least 2 young people as ‘reporters’ spending a significant amount of time in parliament throughout the project, supported by a content team to help translate and communicate the content.
The aim of the project is to engage young people in the electoral process and sustain their interest in and commitment to politics. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for their stories over the coming months.