Today has been a long busy day. We started off by visiting the post-office to send the last post-cards. The plan was, after that, to meet our dear friend Brighton M.K at 8.30 and walk to the Pan-African radio-station. That never happened due to bad communication. We asked around but no one had heard about the PA. Finally we found a man that had heard about the PA, so he lead us 200 meters further down the road and pointed at a building with satellite-dishes and antennas on the roof and we thought: this must be it! 10 minutes before airing we had to run 9 floors just to find ourselves in the wrong radio-station. Fortunately, the receptionist knew where PA was and so we ran back downstairs hopped into a taxi and got arrived just in time.
Children and Youth was developed a year ago, intended to involve youth in big questions e.g environmental policy. Brighton thought that it’d be an excellent idea give some Swedish – or rather foreign – opinions alongside reaching out to all the listeners with our project and it’s purposes. That said, today’s topic revolved around corruption. We shared our viewpoints on how it affects society and drew similarities to tax fraud in Sweden. The discussion smoothly transitioned into freedom of speech and the importance of objective media. In general, it is but one way of argumentation:freedom of speech is a necessity; and, in that sense, today was undistinguished but that does not subtract any value from the main goal’s significance.
It’s been a while since we last posted on the blog, see FB-page for more information on why.
Today we went to see our friend Brighton Mukupa Kaoma, a fellow Johannes met through social media a few months back.
Brighton has been mentioned before on this blog as a student at the University of Zambia involved in all sorts of extracurricular projects.
So, today, we met up with Bright. Our day started with him showing us around campus and then we had some breakfast. After a quick bowl of corn flakes we found ourselves in a car on our way to a group of pupils, whom, like Brighton – loves brainstorming combined with some enjoyable dance-exercises.
Apart from the useful brakes of dancing, highly relevant topics of importance were brought to the table from different participants. Two eminent subjects was HIV-testing from a mobile service and a platform for the adolescent generation to raise their voices called U-report and voicesofyouth.org respectively. Serious matters started a lot of discussions e.g only 48 % out of the applicants were women. 48 % vs. 52% doesn’t seem alarming I know, what is not included in those numbers are that in Zambia annually 27000 persons between 18-24 years are exposed to the disease and the number of women is a lot higher.
Finding such a cool group of ambitious young people was truly a treat. To sit in, listen to what they had to say and this finding out more about the culture of Zambia and getting to know the people on a whole new level I feel is genuinely important when making a documentary.