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Launching Workshop of the Universities Movies Festival for Youth and Children

© UNICEF/ 2011/ Yosri Aql
Mass Communication students participating in the Launching Workshop of the Festival with their professors and the Festival organizers

April 30, 2011 – Marking the International Year of Youth, UNICEF in collaboration with the Egyptian National Child Rights Observatory organized the Universities Film Festival for Youth and Children.

The festival, which was attended by 200 students from faculties of Mass Communication aims to support child's rights and raise public awareness through the production of films that address issues related to the rights and challenges of childhood, adolescence and youth.
The first activities of the festival, was a workshop presenting where writer Amr Samir Atef, director Amr Salama and actor Sharif Gamal lectured. Moreover, a taped inspiring lecture was delivered by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador actor Khaled Abul Naga and a video conference was held with Mr. Rafi Karkarh, Specialist Child and Adolescent Participation from UNICEF New York.
The workshop focused on creative film making involving messages that would encourage youth to research and learn more about laws, treaties and articles related to their rights.

About the International Year of Youth
The United Nations proclaimed the International Year of Youth starting on 12 August 2010 in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to boosting economic development. Under the theme ‘Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,’ the Year aims to encourage dialogue and understanding across generations and promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity.



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