Youth are able to speak up and share their experiences in the public. It is like bridging a
gap, as the young people are now connected to their radio. Our radio programmes have
had some impact. Allowances for students have been raised, for example, after we raised
concern that students cannot afford renting a room.
Many radio stations in our country don’t consider youth at all. But in our programme, youth
can talk about their problems and how to find solutions. I myself have learned a lot about
human rights, about corruption, about health. We invited guests and experts from all fields
of life and got to know the real facts.
With the LTAI project, we provide a toll free telephone line 24 hours a day. Young people
can express themselves any time when they feel in the right mood. One of our best pro-
grammes was about HIV/Aids. We had a heated debate about the new HIV Prevention
and Control Act. Some youths said it was right to publicize the names of HIV positive
people and others said it would violate human rights.
Our programme received a very positive response not only from the youth, but also from
the parents. Radio Akaboozi is now taking a serious look at incorporating more youth re-
lated issues into the programme.
Earlier on, I would not come out in the public to say anything. But now I have learned how
to stand up and say what I want.