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AWARDS / CALL FOR ENTRIES
Canadian Awards of Excellence 2005
The Alliance for Children and Television (ACT) invites all Canadian
producers of children’s and youth programs to compete for
the English-Language Awards of Excellence 2005, which will be presented
at an awards ceremony in Toronto in June 2005. All entries must
be received at the ACT office in Montreal by no later than Friday,
February 25, 2005, at 5 p.m.
The ACT Awards of Excellence honours English- and French-language
productions in alternate years, with the 2005 edition being reserved
for Canadian programs produced in English. To be eligible for the
competition, programs must have aired in Canada, in English, for
the first time between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2004.
COMPETITIONS / OPPORTUNITIES
"Building a Secure Future Seeking Practical Solutions"
- World Bank essay competition
What are the biggest obstacles you face in your daily life?
What practical solutions would you propose to build a secure future
for yourself and others?
Winning essays will be chosen for their originality, clarity and
use of thoughtful yet concrete proposals for building a secure future.
You are free to develop your essay in any way you find to be the
IRAQ: Norwegian film-makers assist Kurdish colleagues
It's an example of international aid at its most basic. Jamal Penjwini,
a young Iraqi Kurdish film-maker, is showing footage from a documentary
he is preparing about smuggling over the Iran-Iraq border. Elderly
men stumble forward under loads weighing more in kilos than their
years. Poverty is omnipresent.
"This is very strong," said Anja Breien. "Edit it,
send us a DVD copy and we will do our best to get it shown in Sweden.
There's a festival of short films at Grimstad [in Norway] in March."
A director in her native Norway, Breien first came to the northern
Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah in 2003. Why, she asked then, when there
were "Kurdish" films from Iran and Turkey, had she never
heard of an Iraqi Kurdish feature film? Her hosts agreed that it
was nothing to do with a shortage of good material. What they lacked,
they told her, was expertise: people to teach them how to structure
a film and prepare a script.
Les moyens de communication - Enquete d'audience
Children: The new media consumer in Madagascar
The study, launched in November 2004 by the Minister of Communication
and the National Statistics Institute, reveals that 76% of all households
in the country listen to the radio; 32 percent watch TV and 27 percent
read newspapers. The study also pointed to the fact that village
meetings remain the first source of information for most people
and that children, surprise, surprise, listen to the radio as well!
The study, technically and financially supported by UNICEF, was
conducted in 13 sites in the country, amongst some 10,000 households.
REPORT IN FRENCH (pdf - 618 KB)
INTERNET / CHILD PROTECTION
Sexual predators on the Internet create a problem for state and
local law enforcement, but new technologies are helping. Every year,
more children of all ages go online to study, have fun and communicate
with the world at large. The Internet is becoming an even more integral
part of our children's lives, and most are ill equipped to protect
OneMinutesJr workshop season starts in the Netherlands
The first OneMinutesJr workshop in 2005 will be held in Hilversum,
Netherlands, from March 11-14 and will be part of the "I love
Hillywood" video festival.
The opening of the festival will take place on the 10th of March
and will be followed by a three-week video exposition. During the
whole exposition, a selection of OneMinutesJr videos from former
workshops will be shown. The participants who can apply to be part
of this workshop have to live in Hilversum or at least study there.
The aim of the workshop is to have a Dutch workshop with young people
who represent the multicultural society of Holland. There will be
Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Dutch participants as well as
other teenagers from other cultural backgrounds. The topic of the
workshop is "My world in one minute".
The news is good? They must be kidding (IHT)
PARIS - A new anchor on the nightly news made his debut this month,
delivering headlines with the wheezy voice of a wind-up robot and
a nose shaped like a hot air balloon.
The beady-eyed cartoon hero Quotillon is not a standard broadcast
"hunk." But he is the star nonetheless of his own 10-minute
daily news show for children, one of the first of its kind distributed
over the Internet as a Webcast.
The star and his news show, "Mon Quotidien TV," or "My
TV Daily," are the creation of Play Bac Presse, a French company
that is evolving into an unlikely children's media conglomerate
on both sides of the Atlantic.
In France, children's paper bucks trend for troubled press
PARIS (AFP) - At a time of deepening crisis in the French press
industry, one national newspaper is at least bucking the trend -
making money and drawing in new readers with a colourful mix of
hard news and human interest.
"Mon Quotidien" - My Daily - was launched exactly 10 years
ago Wednesday. It has a print-run of 60,000, is delivered every
morning across the country and like every other paper has splashed
this week with harrowing images of the Asian tsunami aftermath.
The only difference with the rest of the pack is the market: Mon
Quotidien is a newspaper for children.
INFO IN FRENCH
Hebron, my home
On a dark, chill Autumn night, Tel Aviv’s normally quiet College
for Geographical Photography is abuzz with activity. Spotlights
illuminate the trees in the courtyard; tables are loaded with bottles
of red wine and snacks. Children thread their way through the congregated
people, laughing and pushing one another. But, despite appearances,
this isn’t a family event, a wedding or a birthday party.
The boisterous children, a mixture of Jewish and Muslim kids from
the southern West Bank town of Hebron, are in fact the stars of
the opening night of the college’s photographic show, “Hebron,
The exhibition is the culmination of an 18-month collaborative project
between French news agency AFP and two of its photographers, Israeli
Menachem Kahana, and Palestinian Hazem Bader. The two photographers
chose a group of fourteen neighbouring Hebron children, aged between
6 and 18, with no previous experience of photography, to capture,
in images, their everyday lives. What makes this project unique,
however, is that half of the kids are Israelis living in two small
orthodox Jewish enclaves of the city; the other half, though just
across the street, are Palestinian Muslims.
Each group of seven children was provided with digital cameras,
instruction on how to use them, and then sent off to photograph
the world as they see it. Every week throughout the period, Kahana
and Bader met with the kids, setting them fresh targets and challenges
in order to truly distill the essence of their lives into a series
of pictures. The resulting exhibition, now running in Tel Aviv until
December 31st, displays the outcome of the project: 60 photos of
life in Hebron, selected from the total 5000 the children shot during
the year and a half period.
Kool-Aid's No Longer Cool: Kraft Overhaul's Media Buys Aimed
In the first significant media strategy shift by a major food marketer
responding to pressure about childhood obesity, Kraft Foods Wednesday
unveiled plans to dramatically overhaul its media plans aimed at
children under the age of 11, instituting a self-imposed ban on
advertising such products as Kool-Aid, Oreos and Chips Ahoy! Cookies
Kraft said it would alter the mix of products it advertises on TV,
radio and print media that are viewed primarily by children 6-11,
including "many popular cartoon programs," toward products
that meet proposed 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines, and to "phase
out advertising in these media for products that don't."
FESTIVALS / OPPORTUNITIES
8th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival in Austin,
Emergencia is the youth component of the 8th Cine Las Americas International
Film Festival, and is open to filmmakers under the age of 19. Preference
is given to works produced by Latinos, Native Peoples of the Americas,
and African-Americans, but this section is open to all young filmmakers.
Emergencia is produced by student participants in Cine Las Americas'
education programs at Johnston High School. Feature and short films
of all forms will be considered, including narrative, documentary,
experimental, and animation.
The festival is scheduled for April 20 through 24, 2005, in Austin,
INFO IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH
Interactive children's television
Whether television is beneficial or harmful to children is an ongoing
debate. But one thing is certain: The more often young viewers can
interact, the more attractive the program becomes. Two projects
in the US are testing interactive technologies with children's programming.
Barn og nyheter (an article about the impact of violent scenes
on TV and the tsunami images on children around the world - in Norwegian)
Forfatterne: Magne Raundalen er psykolog, Senter for krisepsykologi.
Jan Vincens Steen er leder for Avis i Skolen Det er et paradoks
at skolen ikke har utviklet en strategi for en barndom i mediealderen,
skriver Magne Raundalen og Jan Vincens Steen.
Tsunami education kits
A charitable group for children is sending information kits to teachers
across Canada to assist them in helping students understand the
effects of tsunamis in southeast Asia that have inundated the world
with haunting images of grief and destruction.
Save the Children Canada has prepared separate kits for students
in elementary and secondary schools, with the goal of helping young
people understand the catastrophe that has claimed about 140,000
lives in 11 countries.
"Both of them deal with helping teachers to understand and
help relate the latest headlines and the story of the tsunami and
the impact on children and their lives to children in a classroom
setting,'' said Rita Karakas, the group's CEO.
The elementary program includes physical activities to help children
express their feelings and thoughts about the disaster.
"The activities will involve everything from using crayons
to engaging in group discussions in a very gentle and soft level,''
Karakas said Monday.
After the trauma - Children involved in the disaster need special
The lovely blonde-haired boy seemed to be around three years old
- old enough to talk. But he did not utter a word to anyone. A nurse
and then translator asked him his name, his parents, his country,
if he wanted anything.
But the young survivor of the weekend tragedy just sat still and
silent, only his eyes wandering.
"He is in shock," said Piangthip Promphan, a child and
adolescent psychiatrist of Samitivej Srinakarin Children's Hospital.
"This is a common reaction after a tragic incident. Many survivors
go through this feeling of numbness and disbelief." Other reactions
include aggression, tremendous fear and sadness, she added.
"We're observing them [children] closely and hope that all
trauma symptoms will diminish and disappear after a month or at
most six months after this tragedy," she said.
What is a Tsunami? - Kids to Kids website
With the recent scenes of death and destruction on TV, it is often
difficult to explain to children what happened when the tsunami
struck the coastal areas of South Asia.
FEMA, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency has a child-friendly
website that gives explanations of the most important natural disasters
such as the recent tsunami.
The website address is www.fema.gov/kids.
info on the tsunami in South Asia
Teens take to the camera (USA)
Most of the five Harwood Union High School students who signed up
to spend afternoons making a film with Waitsfield's Claudia Becker
had never used a camera for anything more than home movies. Eight
weeks later, however, "Open Hearts - Open Minds," an 18-minute
documentary highlighting the Mad River Valley's efforts to build
a community center, was complete.
Essay contest for Latin American children
Education is the essential base for building a democratic society
with justice. The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
of Save the Children Sweden is aware of it and invites all those
people interested in contributing with reflections and valuable
ideas to this debate through the Essay Contest on "Education
in Latin American Future Scenes".
Submit a non-published essay written in Spanish or Portuguese to
the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline is February 15 2005, and the essay must be submited
in attached Word file, properly identified with the participant's
name and address. The contest guidelines are on the web site www.scslat.org..
CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
CRC now available online on MAGIC in 40 languages
The CRC in Dari (Afghanistan) and in Icelandic are the latest additions
to the CRC database on MAGIC. Browse the different laguages here.
UN Youth website now also in Russian
Other available languages are English, Spanish and French. Go to
the UN Youth site
Handling the media - A Free Toolkit from CIVICUS
This toolkit aims to provide useful insights and tips on how best
to use the media. It is meant to be especially useful for organisations
working through issues relating to the mass media, and for those
who provide interviews to the media.
IN PDF (305 KB)
Children gather online as The State of the World's Children
New York, New York, 9 December 2004-Sixteen-year old Mustafa lives
in the Gaza Strip, where political conflict affects his daily life.
"When I have an exam I just think about the political topics
and I forget the exam and I have problems in my exams," he
OF THE WORLD'S CHILDREN REPORT 2005
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