in this section may take you to new, non-UNICEF websites.
opinions and views expressed do not necessarily reflect
the views of the United Nations or its agencies.
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
OneMinutesJr workshop in Romania - September 2004
Within the framework of the OneMinutesJr
network, UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation and the Sandberg Institute
will organize a workshop for Roma youngsters between 14-16 years of age. The
workshop will take place in Targu Mures, Romania, from September 2-7. Roma boys
and girls from Slovakia, Serbia & Montenegro, Romania, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina,
Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria are invited to APPLY for
Latest Voices of Youth newsletter online - Young people
and HIV and AIDS - "An ounce of prevention equals a pound
On 11 July 2004, at the XV International AIDS Conference, young people will
join policy and decision makers as they struggle with how to ensure access
to HIV and AIDS information, skills, services and care for all. This 10th issue
of “What Young People are Saying” underscores young people’s
dedication to the fight against HIV and AIDS and their unique capacity to pinpoint
the critical issues, concrete solutions and recommendations for what we all
can do – together.
Aspects of Human Development Journalism now part of
University curriculum in Moldova
A university course of lectures on covering aspects of human development was
recently published in Chisinau. The book, which appeared in 500 copies in Romanian
and in Russian, is a joint initiative of the journalism department of Moldova
State University and the Independent Journalism Center carried out under the
auspices of UNICEF.
Major highlights include the fundamentals of reporting about social development,
poverty, children's rights, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and other issues. Since
the fall semester of 2003, "Journalism for human development" is
part of the university journalism curriculum.
"Children under 16 Allowed!" competition
held by Internews Russia
This summer, Internews and the Tochka Upory Foundation are holding a competition
for children's animated films about human rights called "Children under
The competition will fund the production of short animated films based on short
novellas in Andrei Usachev's book "The Universal Declaration of Human
Rights Retold for Children and Adults," each of which illustrates provisions
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The children's animation studios that are selected will participate in a pre-production
workshop in Moscow and the finished films will be included in a multimedia
encyclopedia of human rights that will be distributed to educational institutions
throughout Russia. The competition is being carried out as part of the United
Nations Decade for Human Rights Education, a ten-year program (1995-2004) encouraging
member states to eradicate illiteracy and to direct education towards the full
development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for
human rights and fundamental freedoms.
For more info, please contact Irina
Emshanova, Director, "Kultura" Project for Internews Russia.
Watching TV 'blocks sleep hormone in children'
Exposure to television can influence melatonin levels in children and possibly
contribute to the premature onset of puberty, according to a study by scientists
from the University of Florence.
Training School Subject Of Film - Former Resident,
16, Documents Conditions At Juvenile Facility
With a film crew in tow, a former resident of Connecticut's
troubled Juvenile Training School has returned to document the
problems that have plagued the Middletown facility.
The school, which has been the focus of investigations into allegations of
youth beatings and of corruption in the Rowland administration, is now the
subject of a brief film that provides commentary on juvenile justice.
Former resident Travis Ruffin, 16, returned in May with a camera crew of other
teenagers to film a 25-minute documentary, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The project, organized and paid for by Youth Rights Media, a nonprofit group
established by three Yale University graduates in 2000, produced the film, "CJT$:
At What Cost?"
ARTICLE (free subscription necessary)
Young reporters go to jail in Moldova
Five high-school journalists from the Youth Media Center in Chisinau went for
a visit to their fellow detainees from the Reformatory Colony in Lipcani. It
was the first time when teenagers that had nothing to do with the justice system
committed no crime entered a Jail for minors.
The Reformatory Colony from Lipcani town is the only prison in the Republic
of Moldova for boys between 14 and 18 years old that are convicted for law
obstruction. At present, there are 185 young men between 14 and 21 years of
age imprisoned here. They got here after committing theft, robbery, rape, and
even murder. Depending on the gravity of their crime, each and every one of
the boys has to remain in prison for a period that can vary from one to 10
Life at the Colony is not easy, the boys say, but it is much better than at
the Pre-trial Detention Facility. "Here we have got fresh air, we can
see the sun and play football from time to time." A lot of the boys come
from vulnerable, extremely poor families. They have been expelled from their
schools, society, and even from their own families. Maxim is 17 years old and
he comes from Chisinau. He wasn't even 10 when he became an orphan. His father
left their family when Maxim was just a little boy. Then his mother died of
tuberculosis. He lived alone and, from time to time, visited one of his aunts.
Because Maxim didn't have money for food, he used to steal different things
and then sell them. Only when he got bored of the street life he went to school.
First time he was released on bail: "No one told me that for any small
offence I could get back in court and that, the second time, my penalty would
be even more severe", says Maxim. On the contrary, a lot of people told
him he couldn't be imprisoned because he's a child. Maxim has been in the Reeducation
Center of Lipcani for 2 years now. In another 2 years he will be free, but
no one is waiting for him out. He says he will leave for Russia to look for
his father, watch him in the eyes and ask for some help. Maxim dreams of having
children and being able of providing them a decent life...
In the Republic of Moldova there is no Specialized Juvenile Justice System
that would correspond to the special needs of the children suspected or accused
of obstructing the law. Their cases are examined and compared with grown-up
cases, and the procedure can last for months, or even years. As a result, even
if they are guilty of something, their child rights are not being complied
with. The reform of the juvenile justice system is still at the beginning.
UNICEF Moldova and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, in cooperation
with non-governmental organizations, have launched this year the project "Reforming
the Juvenile Justice System in the Republic of Moldova". After this visit
to the colony in Lipcani, the young journalists from the Youth Media Center,
together with UNICEF Moldova, decided to initiate
activities for raising awareness of the public on juvenile justice issues.
Also, they will inform their fellow detainees about their rights and obligations,
about their health risks, life and freedom, and other things they should know
about. In this way the boys would be more ready for returning into the society
that is waiting for them, for the time they will be free and they will have
to take the right decisions on their own.
PICTURE STORY BY THE YOUNG JOURNALISTS (pdf)
Media Messages on Health & HIV/Aids Target African
Messages created by and for young people have become a centerpiece of efforts
to educate teens about health risks. Organizers of those campaigns say they
are potent tools for protecting teens from HIV and other risks of sexual activity.
"Aids is replacing football as the most talked about subject," a contestant
in a competition called "Scenarios from Africa" told researchers. "Before,
we were not interested. Now we are."
Express is on write track
Children's Express, Londondery's new youth journalism project,
are expanding their membership ahead of their summer programme.
The Strand Road-based youth organisation have been in operation
for the last seven months in Derry, and have already made a huge
impact, with many of their members getting published and broadcast
across the local and national media.
Children's Express train young people in all aspects of media, including print,
radio, television and photography, and aim to get young people's voices heard
in wider society.
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World Refugee Day - June 20, 2004
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Day page on MAGIC
Prix Jeunesse 2004 winners announced
Broadcasters/Producers from the Netherlands, Japan, Poland and Sweden won the
awards in the regular categories.
"My name is Baata" (Mongolian National Television, Ulaanbaatar) was
the winner of this year's UNESCO AWARD. "A programme of encouragement. Three
Mongolian children find ways to help each other: to get along with, to resepect
each other and to learn from each other. In just 11 minutes a simple story is
told: About help, support, fun and respect. And the bottom-line for the viewer:
We only can cope with our world in togetherness."
"With No ID" by City TV from Bogota, Colombia, won the UNICEF prize: "The
programme is an excellent example of child participation in the media. Children
have a central role - they are not only presenters, but they are also given the
opportunity to express their views of their world. Its dynamic sections including
the engaging news segment grabbed the full attention of the audience. The programme
had the ability to capture Colombian kids in their surrounding, while at the
same time, tackling serious issues related to conflict and child rights."
Other awards went to Germany, the US and Tanzania.
See the FULL
LIST OF WINNERS
Street Children have their own newspaper
Writing on the problems he faces is a part of Umesh's job; he is a ragpicker
who doubles up as a journalist for 'National Children's Times,' a bi-monthly
newspaper brought out by street children. Like him, Arun and Deepak, who also
work as ragpickers, are the editors of NCT which has more than 70 children
acting as correspondents, reporters and sub editors.
NCT is a six page bi-monthly issue produced in two languages -
Hindi and English," says Sunil Kumar, media co-ordinator of
'Butterflies,' an NGO which works with street children.
RESOURCES / PUBLICATIONS
How To Get Started And Keep Going: A Guide to Community
UNESCO has just released a handbook on Community Multimedia Centres entitled: "How
To Get Started And Keep Going: A Guide to Community Multimedia Centres".
Written by reputed practitioners and researchers working on CMCs or ICT for
development, it is available in hard copy, CD Rom and on WebWorld. The book
is a practical tool intended to be of use to those involved in CMCs or other
models of community media (information centers, multipurpose telecentres, community
learning centers, etc.).
INFO IN ENGLISH
INFO IN FRENCH
L'Unicef forme la presse de Goma aux droits de l'enfant
Du 21 au 24 mai 2004, le sous-bureau de l'Unicef à Goma a réuni à l'hôtel
La Frontière, vingt-six professionnels des médias écrits
et audiovisuels, dans le cadre d'un " Atelier de formation des journalistes
de Goma sur la Convention relative aux droits de l'enfant ". Ces travaux,
qui ont également connu la participation active de deux adolescents
représentant le " Parlement d'enfants du Congo ", ont été animés
par M. Justin Morel Junior, administrateur de la communication de l'Unicef
et de son adjoint, M. Celestin Bibimbu, sous la modération de M. Roger
Kahindo, chef de division provincial de la Presse et information.
Plusieurs thèmes y ont été abordés, parmi lesquels
les stratégies de communication utilisées par l'Unicef pour sensibiliser
l'opinion nationale et internationale aux droits des enfants et les genres
journalistiques ; ce dernier point ayant été particulièrement
apprécié de tous les participants qui ont, dans leur mot de clôture
du séminaire, remercié l'Unicef pour ces enseignements théoriques
et pratiques qui les aideront dans leurs prestations quotidiennes, que ce soit
dans le domaine de la protection des droits de l'enfant ou en rapport avec
la ligne éditoriale de leurs maisons de presse respectives. Pour finir,
l'Unicef a promis aux journaux et radios présentes, de les équiper
et de les sponsoriser pour la production d'articles et d'émissions radio
en faveur de la défense des droits de l'enfant du Nord-Kivu.
RDC Country website
Prix Jeunesse in Munich, Germany
from the Prix Jeunesse
Children watching war - International workshop, taking
place during the Prix Jeunesse in Munich, Germany
The workshop is organized by the IZI and
supported by the bpb MORE
CALL FOR ENTRIES
International Children's Day of Broadcasting
UNICEF and the International Academy of Television, Arts
and Sciences is now seeking entries of outstanding television programming
for, with and by children for this year's International Academy/UNICEF
The prestigious International Academy/UNICEF Award honours television that
appeals to the hearts and minds of children, giving them an opportunity to
speak up and be heard. The Award is given to the broadcaster whose programming
best captures the spirit of UNICEF's International Children's Day of Broadcasting
The International Academy/UNICEF Award is presented at the annual International
Emmys Gala, which is held in New York on 22 November 2004. Finalists for this
year's award will be announced by the International Academy at a Press Conference
during the MIPCOM 2004 television market to be held in France in early October.
We welcome entries from all television stations that participated in ICDB 2003.
To enter the competition, please submit the presentation on a VHS tape (PAL
or NTSC) with an accompanying entry form (which can be printed from the ICDB
website and a detailed summary of the programme presentation. Note: if
the programme presentation is longer than one hour, please submit a shortened,
edited version, which should include all the segments pertaining to ICDB. There
is no entry fee - if your programme is selected as one of the finalists, we
will ask that you donate a copy on BETACAM tape, so that it can be screened
at the awards ceremony, as well as photographs for website. Entries must be
received by 31 July 2004.
And please don't forget ICDB 2004, for which we are inviting broadcasters to
help children inform themselves and adults about how to build a community that
protects everyone. Protection is the world's responsibility. Celebrate this
year the International Children's Day of Broadcasting on Sunday, 12 December
For more info, email Jeannette Gonzalez,
UNICEF Division of Communication.
Swedish television SVT joins the OneMinutesJr network
On 4th June 2004, SVT launched the OneMinutesJr on the SVT website, encouraging
Swedish young people to make their one minutes movies, promoting them, and
creating a link between Sweden and the rest of Europe. The Swedish OneMinutesJr
will automatically join the annual competition. The collaboration will contribute
to an even more creative synergy and a fruitful dialogue between young people
form different countries.
Lena Glaser, Head of svt.se: “The
web gives SVT a unique ability to invite the audience to participate, and in
an easy way show the result. OneMinutesJr is an opportunity to do it in an
international context. On the web we can bring the audience in Sweden and Europe
together, which is very exiting”.
the OneMinutesJr website
Young radio journalists from Moldova participate in a radio
drama addressing responsible health behaviour and HIV/AIDS prevention
J une 5 marked a new start for young radio journalists from the Youth
Media Center in Chisinau, Moldova. In cooperation with Antena C Radio,
and with UNICEF Offfice support, they launched a new weekly 45-minute radio
programme for teenagers called “Paratrasnet” (Lightning rod). The
programme addresses the most important issues for their age – health,
sexuality, interpersonal communication etc. The aim of the programme is HIV/AIDS
prevention among young people.
The programme is anchored by the radio journalist Tatiana Iojita from Antena
C Radio (which covers 2/3 of the teritory of Moldova). Tatiana is experienced
in producing radio programmes on sexuality, HIV/AIDS prevention and health
for teenagers. The broadcast is live, interactive, with phone calls and discussions
the studio, and includes weekly an episode of the radio drama called “Girls
and boys”. In each episode, the main character - Niky, a teenage girl
- and her friends have to take those small but important decisions that can
affect their lives – to say "Yes" or "No" to peer
pressure in specific situations, to accept or not a kiss, a drink, etc. The
first series was dedicated to the first Niky’s discotheque and first
date. There is a behavioural dilemma
at the end of each series and young people in the studio and those listening
to Antena C radio discuss the decisions to be taken by the character and argue
on-air on the next steps. Other listeners are asked to vote for one of the
options by e-mail or send letters
to the team.
The Youth Media Center is a resource center for young journalists of Moldova,
supported by UNICEF Office and by Chisinau municipality. It is equipped with
a radio studio, provides journalism training to children and young people.
For more info, email Violeta Cojocaru at
OPPORTUNITIES / CALL FOR ENTRIES
Call for Entries: Two new awards at Prix Europa 2004
Young filmmakers and makers of radio drama hava new opportunities at this year's
Prix Europa which will take place from 16 till 23 October in Berlin and Potsdam.
PRIX EUROPA SPOT "My Europe" is the name of the prize supported by
the German Foreign Office which is looking for spots of one to two minutes
in length about Europe. The spots should transcend national, cultural and language
borders and communicate a very personal vision of Europe. In addition, Radio
France, new to the festival's board, has initiated a new radio drama prize
: the PRIX EUROPA RADIOFRANCE. So all in all this year 13 prizes with an overall
value of 78.000 Euros are being awarded.
You can enter projects in all categories online in the section "Taking
part". There you will find the appropriate forms for Television, Radio
and Internet. In addition, you can register for personal participation in the
Prix Europa 2004 as observer, jury member or press. Not to be neglected: the
rules and regulations for the competition. The deadline for all entries is
1 July 2004.
RADIO / AWARDS
Children's Lives, Children's Voices - The Winners
Children from the Democratic Republic of Congo and El Salvador have won "Children's
Lives, Children's Voices", this year's OneWorld / UNICEF competition for
the best radio produced by, for and with children. With children from Afghanistan
and Burundi running them close in second place.
The winner in the features category is Sisi
Watoto (We, the children), by Search for Common Ground in the Democratic
Republic of Congo. Presented by children aged 16 and 17, the programme gives
a voice to Congo's children affected by the war. The runner-up in this category
is Shahrak Atfal (Children's
City), by Internews Afghanistan. Produced by children aged 7 to 13, it is set
in an ideal imagined city, and features an interactive radio, an invisible
parrot, and a flying carpet.
The winner in the spots category is a radio campaign by Radio UPA in El Salvador.
It covers six basic children's rights: education, participation, environment,
the right to be heard, not to be abused, and access to HIV/AIDS information.
The runner-up is a call for peace from Studio Ijambo in Burundi. It was produced
with primary school children in Bujumbura during a time
of high tension prior to the handover of power from a Tutsi President to a
Media challenged by abuse stories - While increased media
coverage of child abuse helps bring attention to the issue, reporters
sometimes go too far in trying to get the best stories
A number of cases of child abuse recently prompted the Taiwanese Ministry of
Interior (MOI) to issue a statement explaining all the laws and government
policies that aim to protect children.
The media's interest in these cases has raised two issues: discretion when
it comes to reporting news stories that involve minors, and whether social
policies are comprehensive enough to protect children from harm.
Children In Tirana Draw Children's Rights Flag
On the occasion of June 1, International Day of Children, the Municipality
of Tirana has declared the whole month of June as "Children's Rights Month".
The activities aim to make the Albanian government and public opinion more
sensitive about children's rights in Albania. One of the first activities to
be organized was the drawing contest for the children's rights flag. The contest
was carried out on May 22, and it gathered over 2000 children on the "Mother
Theresa" square in Tirana. The children drew their visions of the flag,
which will be raised in governmental and non-governmental institutions as a
symbol that children's rights should be a priority for everybody.
In this contest children had the right to express themselves based on ideas
such as: I don't have to work, I have the right to attend school, Children
shouldn't be exploited, Municipality of Tirana should take care of us, I have
the right to be respected, etc. The children divided in groups were assisted
by some 200 volunteers from major children rights organisations.
OPPORTUNITIES / AWARDS
Global Youth In Action Award
You can win a $1,000 award, provided by the Global Youth Action Network. We
challenge you to act on the issues that concern you! If you start a project
that addresses a need in your community, you could win a $1,000 Global Youth
In Action Award!
With a grant from the Shei'rah Foundation, this year's awards program particularly
seek to recognize youth-initiated projects that take a new approach to problem-solving.
Apply today - the deadline is July 1, 2004.
Radio Equipment Donated by UNESCO to a Papua New Guinea University
The students in communication arts and journalism from Divine Word University
(Papua New Guinea) have greatly benefited from the use of the new digital radio
equipment donated by UNESCO, under an IPDC project, in 2003. The equipment
has been installed in University's specially built and secure Electronic Media
The students report that new portable minidisk recorders are very useful in
their work. The courses in radio journalism and community reporting require
them to go into communities and talk to people in the villages and settlements
around Madang. Usually people are more willing to talk in their home environment
and do not feel comfortable coming for an interview on campus. These small
recorders enable the students to capture the atmosphere of villages, with background
noise and music from local instruments.
Tapping young readers in India
It is a month old print media product and yet to find an advertiser. The capital's
largest circulated English newspaper, Hindustan Times, launched HT Next, its
daily for the youth in the Delhi market on May 3.
The newspaper is yet to generate advertising though HT's vice president (marketing)
Anand Bhardwaj is unfazed. "We have not marketed the paper to advertisers
yet," he says. Though media products are usually launched with advertising
support, Bhardwaj says HT Next wanted to go to the advertisers with respectable
numbers. Currently, the paper prints 30,000 copies of HT Next. The paper for
the youth is an all-colour product, for "those in-between" years,
is targeted at the 13-22 year age group. The idea for a youth product has been
brewing in the company for over six months. It stemmed from the logic that
over 50 per cent of India's population is below 30 years. Also a tracking study
showed that youngsters do not read newspapers. They only pick up the city supplements.
European Youth Press - network of young media makers
The European Youth Press is an umbrella organisation of nine regional and national
youth media associations all over Europe. The European Youth Press was founded
May 5th, 2004 in Berlin during the youthmedia-congress "News in Motion
04"-congress. The founding members are Youth Press of Austria, ASPJ -
Swiss Youth Press, Youth Press of Germany, Balkan Youth Press, League of Young
Russian Journalists, FAR - Bulgaria, Young Journalists' Association "Polis" -
Poland, DUE - Hungarian Youth Press, Ungmedia - Swedish Youth Press.
RADIO / RESOURCES
Evaluation and monitoring Toolbox created for a UNICEF-supported
youth radio project in Kyrgyzstan
community radio stations can monitor and evaluate their health and social
development programming despite being small, with limited funds. That's the
message of an evaluation and monitoring Toolbox created especially for a UNICEF-supported
youth radio project in Kyrgyzstan.
Revealed: How food firms target children
Methods used by the food industry to target children, bypassing parents and
deploying "viral marketing" and "underground communication" have
been uncovered by the Guardian on the day MPs publish a damning account of
the government's "woefully inadequate" response to obesity.
Documents obtained by the Guardian show that the industry is exploiting sophisticated
techniques to market to children without their parents' knowledge.
OPPORTUNITIES / ARTS
International Poster Competition: Utopia Station II
Utopia: an ideal that has driven mankind since the beginning of time. What
will the future bring? What will the world of the future look like? How will
we live? These and other questions are the focus of an international series
of exhibitions that opened in June 2003 at the much-anticipated Biennale Festival
in Venice, Italy. Conceptualized and curated by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist
and Rikrit Tiravanija, the UTOPIA STATION project brings together the work
of contemporary artists from different genres.
The International Child Art Foundation complements
this concept with a project for children worldwide. Under the motto "Utopia
- children envisage and paint their future" the question of "What
is the future?" will be answered in inï¿½triguing,
funny, whimsical, thought-provoking and interesting ways. The future is, after
all, what our children make of it. Whether through photos, drawings, texts
or collages, each child will record in his own style, his personal vision of
the future. The result: an absorbing selection of regional and culturally specific
A selection of the work created by the children will be exhibited alongside
the utopias of contemporary and renowned artists at the Haus der Kunst (in
Munich, Germany) from October 1, 2004 till January 9, 2005. Yoko Ono is expected,
among others, at the private viewing. ICAF will invite the nominated children
to take part at the opening of the exhibition in Munich, Germany.
Kids and War Images
At a time when newspapers and television are running pictures of prisoner abuse
and sexual humiliation, what should children be allowed to see? At what age
are they mature enough to handle harsh images of war? Is it OK to shield kids
from the truth? Join NPR's Neal Conan and guests to discuss children and difficult
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