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LOCAL SUCCESS: Leeds student features in new BBC podcast series

LOCAL SUCCESS: Leeds student features in new BBC podcast series

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Lanre Adeleye, a student at Roundhay School’s sixth form, takes centre stage in BBC World Service’s international podcast.

Project 17 is an ambitious new radio and podcast series co-produced by the BBC World Service and The Open University which will take listeners to 17 different countries around the world, to meet seventeen 17-year-olds and find out how, and if, their lives are really changing.

17 year old creative designer and student, Lanre, speaks to teachers, other teenagers, the former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and an influential member of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, to find out why poverty still affects so many people in one of the world’s richest countries.

Previously, Lanre has shown his exceptional talents and determination by being involved in Youth Parliament, presenting on Chapel FM, producing shows for Roundhay Radio and building his own portfolio of work on his website.

When the makers of the Project 17 podcast found some of Lanre’s content online, they approached him to take part as both a participant and a remote youth journalist.

In the podcast Lanre tackles some challenging topics, in a mature manner, with all the experience of a seasoned journalist.

Along with help from BBC Producers, and assisted in school by members of the Roundhay Radio team, Lanre was able to record his content prior to lockdown.

The inaugural episode also helps to frame some of the challenges currently facing young people, both in our local community and internationally.

With COVID-19 still affecting our daily lives, it is clear to see how the issues raised here are even more acute. A reality shared by Lanre and the rest of the 17 included in the BBC series.

The Podcast is available to listen to on BBC Sounds now!

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