India celebrates the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting
by Geetanjali Master, Lalatendu Acharya, Vikas Verma and Anil Gulati
“It was a challenge”, says Mihir Gajjar, a student in ninth grade. “In just eight days we had to produce our own programme. So for six hours a day we tried to learn all that we could. But even after reaching home, we would refer to our notes and practice.”
Meena Gokhale Pansare, the channel’s producer, said it was worth the effort. Children, for one, realized the importance of serious viewing. To be able to view programmes critically is the first step in media appreciation. They have also experienced the kind of creativity, commitment and teamwork that is required in programming. According to her, while many schools do have extra-curricular activities, workshops on television arts, painting and theatre would help in a better understanding and appreciation of media.
Rahul Phonde, a student of Grade IX, said he would always remember his role as a “floor manager” for a day. “I had no idea of the effort required in getting one good shot. I would like to make films on issues like superstition and corruption. Maybe, like Saksham’s, my dreams too would come true.”
Radio listeners in Bhopal, the capital city of the state of Madhya Pradesh, were pleasantly surprised to find children anchoring some of their favourite early morning programmes, including regional news. More than 125 students from Bhopal were involved in the ICDB media event.
In the state of Andhra Pradesh, 25 school children from various schools in Hyderabad were given 15 days extensive training in film making, scripting , camera handling etc., at the end of which they made three short films on HIV- AIDS, Girl Child , and one on the lives of local cricketers.These films were shown on Hyderabad television network in a 2 hour interactive telecast where they shared their experience of the making of the films.
The International Children's Day of Broadcasting was launched in 1992 to provide children an opportunity to be seen and heard on airwaves. It is now celebrated around the world on Second Sunday of December every year