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YEREVAN, 5 December 2008 – UNICEF and the Armenian Public Relations Association (APRA) announced today winners of  two contests organised for media professionals and teachers to encourage their involvement in child rights promotion.  

Out of twety four entries received for the “Responsible Coverage” media contest, only two journalists and two media outlets were selected by a professional jury as winners. The winners include Radio Liberty’s  “Maxliberty”  youth radio programme, “Aravot daily” journalist Lusine Boudaghyan, online newspaper and “Radio Van”  journalist Eleonora Aslanyan. 

“Journalists are the eyes, ears and the voice of the public. They draw attention to violations and encourage governments and others to make changes that will improve people’s lives, UNICEF Representative Laylee Moshiri-Gilani said in her opening remarks.“I would like to thank all those journalists who have contributed their articles, stories and radio programmes for the contest and assure them that their work does matter for UNICEF, does matter for children.”

Over 20 teachers participated in the UNICEF-announced competition for the most innovative open lesson on child rights. However, only five of them were selected by experts from the National Institute of Education of the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Armenia as contest finalists.

"It is really heartwarming for me to know that teachers coming from remote regions are the ones who actively participated in the contest for the best open lesson on child rights. I applaud the commitment of these people in upholding child rights and developing an innovative ways of teaching them at schools. Your efforts are appreciated and I am confident that we will all see dividends from your work in the future to come," UNICEF Representative emphasized.

Both media professionals and teachers received acknowledgement cetificates and prizes from UNICEF and the Armenian Public Relations Association. In addition, the best five open lessons on child rights were videotaped and will be dubbed for distribution as "best practice" to schools throughout Armenia.

UNICEF has been cooperating with the Armenian Public Relations Association in the area of building media capacity in responsible coverage of child related issues since 2005. The first ever media award ceremony was organised by UNICEF three years ago based on the results of media monitoring conducted by APRA. 

For more information, please contact

Emil Sahakyan, UNICEF Communication Officer

Tel.: (374 10) 52 35 46, ext.113




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