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Curious Minds - Ghana
c/o The Producer, CURIOUS MINDS
Radio Production Department
G. B. C. Box 1633, ACCRA
Tel.: +233 24 538168
Fax: +233 21 221165
Accra, Ghana (West Africa)
A group of young people aged 8-18 who are part
of the Children and Youth in Broadcasting/Child Survival and Development
(CYIB/CSD) Action Club are behind the radio programme Curious
The children/teenagers are the radio show hosts and also the producers
of Curious Minds under the supervision of a professional
journalist, who coordinates the activities of the group.
The aim of Curious Minds is to help raise the awareness
of children's rights among the population of the West African country
- Save the Children
- Plan Ghana
Curious Minds produce two radio programmes
per week which are then broadcast on Ghanaian National Radio. Of
the two programmes, one is in English while the other one is in
a local language spoken by the people in the capital Accra. More
than 200 children are part of the group. Some programmes have resource
persons (adults) - others only involve the children framing the
discussions from their point-of-view.
Curious Minds programmes are divided into segments: A "letter
to the one who cares" starts programme. The letter, written
by a child, always touches a pressing issue from a child's perspective.
Other children then discuss the subject and come up with suggestions.
The "facts corner" explores issues in a specific subject
area chosen for the week.
The "partnership" segment tries to find solutions as to
which organizations/decision-makers can be involved to address this
issue. The majority of the weekly schedule (55 minutes of programmes
are produced per week) is reserved for a discussion of the different
issues raised by these children.
In early 2004, through further collaboration and support from Save
the Children, Curious Minds extended its activities to
cover all regions of Ghana. The Ashanti Regional branch was launched
in 2003, followed by the branch in the Upper East Regional capital
School-based clubs are also in operation to expand the base of the
children who directly benefit from the programme. In January 2004,
another branch in the Central Regional capital Cape Coast was inaugurated.
This group used the celebration of the 2003 International Children's
Day of Broadcasting to raise more awarenessabout the need to grant
children greater access to the media. The celebration was jointly
held with the mother organisation of the club, Women-in-Broadcasting.
In collaboration with Plan Ghana, Curious Minds launched
a pilot programme - "Yen Adwen" ("Our Opinion")
on another station in Akan in December 2003. The aim was to enable
children to use radio to advance their rights.
Aims & objectives
The goal of our project is to create a coalition
of media and youth organizations that are committed to working together
to bring youth voices into the mainstream press and instill an on-going
dialogue so that youth are considered by everyone as a valued part
of all communities.
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