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Coaching programme & global platform for young people without reliable online connectivity but a voice & message the world needs to hear.


location_on Mzuzu, Malawi
Global platform and coaching programme for young people with poor online connectivity, but unique first-hand experiences the world could learn from. We find and showcase the untapped wisdom of teens in digitally harder to reach places. We coach them to hone their skills of communicating to a global audience with confidence and authenticity to supporters in 50+ countries.
Alex Bell - Co-founder XtalksWORLDlistens
We believe every young person, no matter where they live, has an interesting story to tell the rest of the world. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could hear them all?

Alex Bell - Co-founder XtalksWORLDlistens


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2021

HundrED 2020

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Innovation Overview

13 - 18
Age Group
1 850
6 539
Updated on November 12th, 2021
about the innovation


What we do?

We share a free of charge programme for schools and community youth groups in under represented communities in Africa and Asia to coach teens to tell their story – about the topics most important to them –  to camera and a live local audience for 5 to 7 minutes. 

We then share these around the world, on a secure platform, for others to watch and reply to, starting conversations across continents and cultures. We give these under-represented  young people a voice on the global stage. And we give the rest of the world their untapped wisdom. 

Why we do it?

We believe every young person, no matter where they live, has an interesting story to tell the rest of the world. Yes, it’s going to be quite a challenge to get those young voices heard across the digital divide from absolutely everywhere around the globe, but with the help of the HundrED community,  it’s not impossible… 

In 2017 in Northern Malawi, we started as MZUZUtalksWORLDlistens - a short, easy to implement coaching programme that helps young people find their voice and gives them a safe platform to a global online audience.  

Since then, we’ve expanded to other communities in Malawi, India, Sierra Leone and Vietnam and we’ve become XtalksWORLDlistens. We know the programme works in a wide variety of settings around the world, because the people who’ve tried it, tell us. "A truly outstanding and visionary  programme" Anna Msowoya-Keys

We also know that the young people who have been through our programme get huge boosts in confidence, in self-esteem and in making a difference to the world. We also know, because they tell us. "I know I'm a brave person. I just needed this push to prove it" Rachel, MZUZUtalks alumni

And, we know these young people become role models for others in their community, because after sitting in the audience of these talks, we have a waiting list of more young people wanting to join the programme and trying out their own talks themselves. 

And, for sure, we know what a profound effect these stories have on our listeners around the world. 

"Your stories are powerful. We hear you! Keep talking" Warren Murray - Editor, Guardian Briefing, Australia

"Truly moving. Your passion, skill & courage is an inspiration" Eric Liddell, Director QTS, UK 

"One of our teachers was almost in tears, she wants to work in your school" P Craven, Mongolia

"Wonderful! Good kids. SO good" B Devine, China 

"Dear Charity, Hey there! Yesterday our teacher showed us your Mzuzu speeches. I was really impressed with your speech and how you and everyone could take action to make a change. Your speech was awesome! It's so interesting to see students from other countries be really passionate about the politics and sociology of their country. I certainly hope you make a huge impact on your country as you continue to inspire others, like me, to take action!"  Nicolai - student USA

Our programme was written and developed by an award winning team of educators in England and Malawi and our promotional film made by an award-winning former CNN film-maker. 

 However, the whole project has been designed to run from start to finish in 6 hours over four days by youth leaders and young people themselves, using an easy to follow set of materials. This includes clear guidance for the young people to independently film the talks for themselves on basic equipment. All they need are two camera phones and one access point to the internet, no matter how slow or unreliable.  

 We won’t stop, until we’ve given every young person the chance to put their X, their story and their part of the world on the map…and everyone else around the world their chance to listen to this untapped wisdom.  

Our talks have been heard in 50 countries, so far. Voices emboldened by every listen, every response and every message the speakers get back, from around the world. 




HundrED Academy Review

This is such a simple, yet effective idea that is clearly having an impact for the people involved. These young people are being given a chance to work with talented people to build up their confidence and self-awareness so that they can learn how to be budding leaders of the future.

- HundrED Academy Member

This is also fantastic! Anyone anywhere could organize a forum to tell real stories of people you know and people you do not know. How are we ever going to understand each other locally and globally if we cannot hear real stories from real people.

- HundrED Academy Member
XtalksWORLDListens is positively impacting young people around the world by providing the tools and platform to share their stories effectively and build connections and understanding globally. The easy to use platform can be scaled around the world.
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See this innovation in action

Luke’s BlackLivesMatter Poem
BLACK LIVES MATTER: I’m just a kidIn the next of our #Xtalks series amplifying youth voice on #BlackLivesMatter, we are extremely proud to present this powerfully poetic Xtalk from 17 year old Luke Azille in association with the prestigious BRIT school with alumni including Adele & Amy Winehouse.Thanks to Luke ( ) and his dad and mentor Patrick Azille for this compelling testimony.Take a look here:
Systemic Racism Exists: Gentrification| Xtalks
Black Lives Matter - “Get Out Of The Hood”Xtalks proudly partners with to present the first of our Black Lives Matter series. This one delivered by teen Amira Johnson in Pittsburgh, USA. 
Xtalk with Alicia commissions Alicia Jones, member of the UK Youth Parliament and a Young Carer to give the final of our lockdown related Xtalks of 2020 with her important call to action to hold adults to account no matter how young you are. @aliciajones_02
Xtalks Escola Sant Gervasi-2
Xtalks Escola Sant Gervasi-2. Students in Catelonia in Spain share their wisdom and experience of Covid 19 lockdown with Xtalks.
Xtalks Escola Sant Gervasi-1
Students in Catelonia in Spain share their wisdom and experience of Covid 19 lockdown with Xtalks.
BCC XTalks Nekoda Ellis
A poetic Xtalk from talented teen Nekoda in Barbados musing on life in lockdown during the Covid 19 epidemic. 
Xtalks - Nigeria ( The pandemic, COVID-19)
Xtalks partners with the Innovative Child Network Nigeria to share wisdom and lived experience of ideas in Covid 19 lockdown
Xtalks has commissioned young voices from all over the world to share their experience and wisdom of lockdown during the Covid 19 pandemic. Meet Leni from a British army school in Paderborn, Germany with her own  Covid 19 Xtalk. Many thanks to Leni and her amazing teachers at Attenborough School, Normandy Barracks for their great collaboration with us. - Nathalia - Venezuela!
CoVid-19: Here's hope from Vietnam (GMD XTalk)
Covid 19: Hope from Vietnam
2019 talks_Rachel
Rachel - I Don't Need A Husband Yet
XtalksWORLDlistens explained
MZUZUtalksWORLDlistens 2018 - the forerunner to XtalksWORLDlistens
Watch “Mzuzu Talks World Listens” on Vimeo:


Achievements & Awards

March 2020
Xtalks partners with students of Dreamland Eco English in Hanoi, Vietnam for a talk on Covid 19
February 2020
Xtalks is delighted to partner with HundrED’s Youth Ambassadors strengthening their global voice
January 2020
Xtalks partners with Laya Central School in Bhutan, one of the most remote schools in the Himalayas.
December 2019
Xtalks are proud to partner with Talent Mine Academy to bring Xtalks to Nigeria
December 2019
Xtalks is delighted to partner with social enterprise combining expertise & resources
December 2019
Xtalks is delighted to partner with non profit to platform youth voice globally
November 2019
Xtalks is delighted to appoint Mr Blaq Deen to its global team as global connections director.
November 2019
Xtalks partners with the Fabindia School in Bali, India
October 2019
Xtalks partners with Rhythm Of Life to give voice to vulnerable youth of Uganda
October 2019
Xtalks partners with the Barbados Museum & Historical Society to champion Barbados’ teen voices
September 2019
Xtalks partners with to promote youth voice in written and spoken word globally
June 2019
XtalksWORLDlistens reaches an audience in 50 countries
June 2019
Xtalks appoints board of advisors in London
May 2019
XtalksWORLDlistens partners with Slam Out Loud in four locations in India
March 2019
XtalksWORLDlistens partners with Rubbish Science in Vietnam & Sierra Leone
January 2019
MZUZUtalks becomes Xtalks scaling from one location in Northern Malawi to second in Southern Malawi
June 2018
MZUZUtalksWORLDlistens reaches an audience in 21 countries
April 2018
Student Voice programme within one school becomes MZUZUtalksWORLDlistens shared globally

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Choose who you are
Immerse yourself in our materials and learn the six key elements of an effective, authentic talk that the world will love listening to. (Minimum one hour)
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Use your passion to find the talk within you
Use our tools to remove the filters and barriers to choosing what you talk about. Everyone has a story to tell the world. We'll help you choose the right one. (Minimum one hour)
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Define & refine the top 10 things you want to tell the world
Use our simple to follow tools for refining and defining the key messages of your talk (Minimum one hour)
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Know, feel & do
Use our techniques to define your call to action for your global audience. What do you want them to know, feel and do after hearing your talk? (Minimum one hour)
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Getting the details right
We give you tips to ensure you've got the right details in your talk and you've left out all the wrong ones. We give you the six best ways to engage your audience and make them care. (Minimum one hour)
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The world wants to listen to you
This stage prepares anyone who has never spoken to a large audience before, to be authentic, to believe in their message and feel ready to share it on camera for the world to hear. (Minimum one hour session)
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