Now in its fourth season, Sawa Shabab (Together Youth) is a dramatic peacebuilding radio series aired by nearly 30 local stations across all states of South Sudan. The radio drama follows the daily lives of young South Sudanese as they face unique challenges while learning how to become peacebuilders in their communities. 

Produced locally by Free Voice South Sudan in collaboration with PeaceTech Lab and the United States Institute of Peace, the series promotes peace and stability by empowering youth to be confident, open-minded, participatory citizens in a diverse society.

Each season of the radio drama series consists of twenty episodes in English and Arabic. The first two seasons aired in 2014 and 2015 on Radio Miraya, the Catholic Radio Network and other stations in South Sudan. Sawa Shabab has a reach that includes IDP and refugee camps such as Kakuma in Kenya as well as South Sudanese remaining in conflict-affected areas.

Sawa Shabab Peacebuilding Curriculum

The dramatic series is based on an educational, peacebuilding curriculum designed with local partners. The curriculum seeks to increase knowledge and change the attitudes and behaviors of youth listeners regarding their roles in building peace in South Sudan. The series’ curriculum focuses on three main areas, identified by local experts as critical to building peace in South Sudan.

  • Co-Existence and National Identity: To promote peaceful co-existence and mutual respect among South Sudanese youth from different cultural and tribal orientations.

  • Youth Empowerment and Personal Responsibility: To create the foundations of peacebuilding by empowering South Sudanese youth to be accountable, independent and participatory citizens of society.

  • Gender: To promote peaceful and democratic growth in society by fostering an understanding of gender equality.

Interact with Sawa Shabab

The radio series also includes opportunities for young listeners in South Sudan to interact with the series through text messages and phone call-ins. Listeners are invited to share their thoughts and feedback as they follow the main characters and also respond to scripted questions at the end of each episode.

 

CALL OR TEXT IN EITHER ENGLISH OR ARABIC:

Vivacell: +211954266666 or Zain: +211915266666 

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