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Making children’s voices heard

The launch of the newspaper supplement was attended by media professionals, journalists, children and parents alongwith UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, renowned Armenian singer Alla Levonyan.
© UNICEF Armenia/2007/Hasmik Arakelyan
The launch of the newspaper supplement was attended by media professionals, journalists, children and parents alongwith UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, renowned Armenian singer Alla Levonyan.

UNICEF and “AZG” Daily provide vehicle for children and young people to express themselves

YEREVAN, Armenia, 19 July 2007 – Children and young people aged 10-17 today launched their first issue of a supplement to one of Armenia’s most influential daily newspapers. The new supplement was developed by them with the support of UNICEF and the newspaper’s editorial board. 

“This supplement is a unique vehicle for children and young people to express their thoughts and opinions on issues of their concern and to raise their voices in defense of children’s fundamental rights,” UNICEF Communication Officer Emil Sahakyan said addressing the group of media professionals, NGO representatives, parents and children who attended the event. 

The supplement is a product of a three-month intensive work by a group of 30 children and young people selected by UNICEF and the editorial board of “Azg” daily who underwent training on child rights and journalism facilitated by the staff of UNICEF and the newspaper.

The young people were selected through an essay competition by UNICEF and
© UNICEF Armenia/2007/Hasmik Arakelyan
The young people were selected through an essay competition by UNICEF and "Azg" daily. They then had training on journalism and children's rights.

The first edition of the supplement which will be published on a monthly basis addresses a wide range of problems, including education, child poverty, disability and relationships between children and parents. Traditional feature stories and articles are combined with humour and poetry pieces through which children and young people have also tried to highlight some of the burning issues.

“Many of our journalists would dream to have the courage to say things and raise problems that children and young people involved in this project highlighted in the first issue of the supplement,” - Editor-in-chief of Azg daily, Hakob Avetikyan

“I am glad that our newspaper is part of this project. Many of our journalists would dream to have the courage to say things and raise problems that children and young people involved in this project highlighted in the first issue of the supplement,” said Editor-in-chief of “Azg” daily, Hakob Avetikyan. “I really hope that these young journalists have come to tell the truth about issues that often remain unnoticed or ignored.”
 
Unfortunately, in Armenia the participation of children and young people in media remains low. There are few print and electronic media outlets developed with direct participation of children, while many existing magazines and newsletters oriented at a youth audience do not really reflect children’s and young people’s needs and problems.

“Children and young people have a unique talent for seeing things that for many adults remain unnoticeable and, therefore, their involvement in media projects, particularly those called to address their problems, is of great importance,” Emil Sahakyan continued, adding that “the fact that the supplement will be disseminated as part of one of Armenia’s most popular newspapers makes it a strong advocacy tool and provides children and young people with opportunity to be heard at all levels, including policy and decision-makers.” 

About UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:

Emil Sahakyan, Communications Officer, UNICEF Armenia
Tel: (374-10) 523-546/580-174/543-809
Email: esahakyan@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

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