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TROC means „Speak Out“ in Albanian
For 5 years now, teenagers from all over the country have
been producing a weekly TV show, broadcast on TVSh, the national
public TV station. But now they want to go a step further –
and turn TROC into a regional project.
UNICEF's drama festival kick-off successful
The schools' drama festival hosted over the weekend by UNICEF in
collaboration with the Swaziland Theatre for Children and Young
People (SWATCYP) and Ministry of Education was a huge success.
The plays presented mostly focused on ways in which children, especially
the vulnerable, are exposed to abuse by parents and guardians whom
they look up to for protection. These included drama about fathers
who perpetrate sexual relationships with their biological daughters,
adopted young girls who end up rape victims of their guardians,
uncompromising parents who physically abuse their children and mostly
male teachers who rape female pupils supposedly under their guidance
AWARDS - CALL FOR ENTRIES
Child Rights Award 2006: A call to broadcasters
The ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are now inviting Asia-Pacific broadcasters
and producers to submit entries for the Asia-Pacific Child Rights
The ABU CASBAA UNICEF Child Rights Award, launched in 2001, is given
each year in recognition of the best television programming on a
child rights issue produced in the Asia-Pacific region. It recognises
the efforts of broadcasters in pursuing both the production of top-quality
children's programming and better news coverage of children's issues.
Programmes both for children and about children are eligible and
can cover any child rights issue. Entries can include documentaries
that detail the plight of children, dramas that help break down
stereotypes and discrimination, or animation that teaches and entertains.
Entries, which are free, must have been broadcast between August
2005 and July 2006, and must be received by 25 August 2006. The
Award will be presented at the ABU Annual General Meeting in Beijing
in November 2006. The winner will be flown to Beijing for the ceremony.
Rainbow tops children's TV poll
Rainbow has topped a public survey on the most popular pre-school
children's TV shows of all-time. The series, featuring George the
hippo, loudmouth Zippy, human pal Geoffrey and Bungle the bear,
beat The Magic Roundabout to first place in the poll.
UNICEF thanks Fuji TV for its longstanding support
NEW YORK, USA, 17 March 2006 - UNICEF Executive Director
Ann M. Veneman today thanked Fuji TV, one of the biggest TV networks
in Japan, for its consistent support of UNICEF's work.
In a meeting at UNICEF headquarters with Chairman and CEO Takashi
Hoga of Fujisankei Communications International, Inc., Ms. Veneman
praised Fuji TV's commitment over the past three decades, during
which the company has raised $20 million to help UNICEF improve
the lives of millions of children.
Prix Jeunesse International 2006 - Festival and Workshop in Munich,
Germany, from 5 - 10 May, 2006 - "Laugh and the World Laughs
with You - Kids, TV and Humour"
for PRIX JEUNESSE WATCHWords Special Edition
Voiceless children - The 16th Cairo International Film Festival
for Children highlighted the lack of visual media targetting Arab
So modest was the Arabs' share of awards handed out by Minister
of Culture Farouk Hosni at the closing ceremony of the Cairo International
Film Festival for Children (CIFFC) last week, it felt somewhat pathetic.
Egypt received only three prizes: two for animated films -- Ragya
Hassan's Anouch and the Shadow and Bassam Halabi's Friends and Greed
-- and one for Magda Abdel-Aziz's TV programme for disabled children,
"Hearts that Love You". Executive Production Manager at
Arab Radio and Television channel (ART) Layali Badr, formerly a
children's programme director and on this occasion the winner of
Ministry of Culture's silver prize for producing "Adventures
of the Internet", was eager to point out that, though the issue
of productions targeting children has been widely debated for a
long time, no answer has been found to "problems pertaining
to financing children's animation work -- which seems to be the
Can TiVo Know What Kids Need?
Television watchdogs of all stripes are jumping on the bandwagon
of a new parental control package that promises to help parents
separate "good" programs from all the rest. The prescreened
system from TiVo, called KidZone, uses age-based recommendations
from diverse interest groups to help parents cherry-pick which live
and recorded shows come into their homes.
Student media contest offers share of £10,000 prize pot
Work experience at The Guardian or Sky News and a share in a prize
pot of more than £10,000 are among the prizes up for grabs
at this year's Guardian Student Media Awards.
Organisers of the competition, now in its 28th year, are inviting
entries from student journalists, editors, designers and photographers,
all hoping to be crowned the best in category.
Thirteen prizes will be handed out, for everything from the best
student newspaper to the best student critic, with judges looking
for originality, quality, and strong, entertaining writing.
"Break stereotypes" poster competition: Your head.
A space full of thoughts. A piece of paper. Your voice.
Set your mind in motion and make a creative statement for diversity,
against discrimination. See your work published on posters and flyers
all across the EU. Join the European Poster Competition with prizes
worth ? 5000 up for grabs. The best visuals will be featured in
a travelling exhibition across Europe.
The J8 competition
The J8 competition 2006 is running for students aged 13-16 across
the G8 countries. In Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the
UK and the USA, students can enter the J8 competition, and for students
in Russia a national competition will be launched by the Russian
Ministry of Education.
To enter the J8 competition 2006 you and a group of your friends
will need to submit a Communiqué on four of the key themes
which are going to be discussed at the G8 Summit 2006. The four
- Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
- Energy security
- Infectious diseases
Revised and improved Education Makes News training kit goes
UNESCO has launched revised and improved the EFA media training
and resource Kit "Education Makes News" for writing and
reporting on Education for All (EFA), an international initiative
to achieve education for all by 2015.
The kit has been produced and revised with the objective of encouraging
the communication media to highlight EFA goals locally, regionally
EVENTS / OPPORTUNITIES
Islamophobia - is it a myth or a reality?
The Association of Crimea community youth centers "Youth for
Peace and Development" will provide an International youth
conference "Youth from Black Sea region countries against islamophobia
& discrimination & fanaticism" since 14 till 18 May
2006 at the Crimean tartar theatre in Simferopol city of Crimea,
The conference will be organize as a part of the European youth
campaign for diversity, human rights, and participation "All
different-all equal!" with supporting by the Council of Europe.
Swaziland: UNICEF to award local journalists
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
has announced a total of $100 (R6 000) in prize money for the best
analytical and investigative stories on gender-based violence.
UNICEF Resident Representative Alan Brody announced this yesterday
during the official opening of the International Conference on Gender
Based Violence, which is being held at the Royal Swazi Sun Convention
"One prize will be for the print media and the other for the
broadcast media (radio and television)," he explained.
Greek node brings 'invisible world' to TV
E.KAT.O. organised a TV show entitled Atheatos Kosmos (Invisible
World) together with national channel ALTER. The show, hosted by
Kosta Xardavella, highlights children's use of the internet, the
associated dangers, and how to prevent them.
Czech kids to design their own safety superhero
The Czech internet safety node, CzeSI, is organising a follow-up
to last year's "Friendship and Magic" storytelling contest.
The challenge is to create an "internet guardian" character
with special powers to combat online dangers.
The competition is open to individuals or teams of pupils, aged
10 to 16. Kids should submit a picture of their character, which
should be accompanied by a description of its special powers, or
a story to illustrate why it has got what it takes to protect young
Irish minister launches interactive safety initiative
Irish Minister of Education Mary Hanafin T.D. launched the new Webwise
website and an interactive safety lesson on Safer Internet Day.
These new resources provide children with an introduction to the
internet and advice on safe surfing.
Webwise, Ireland's internet safety node, developed the activities
and resources to assist and support educators and parents when teaching
young people about safe and responsible uses of the internet.
The online learning module is made up of interactive resources,
classroom activities, and take-home activities. The activity sheets
are designed to facilitate discussion between pupils, their teachers
and their parents/guardians about Internet safety.
2006 International Essay Contest for Young People
The Goi Peace Foundation is pleased to invite young people from
around the world again this year to enter our Essay Contest. This
year's theme is "Learning to live together: promoting tolerance
and diversity in globalized societies."
First prize winners will receive a cash award and a trip to Japan.
The deadline for entry is June 30, 2006. You can find the complete
TV ruled out as cause of child hyperactivity problems
Young children do not develop hyperactivity and attention problems
by spending hours in front of television sets, according to psychologists.
The finding overturns research that suggested prolonged television
viewing among children could lead to a range of behavioural problems,
such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
An image-conscious generation: Young children are bombarded
by new audio and visual information at home and school. How can
ICT help them understand their world and keep their interest in
It's widely recognised that creative use of technology such as digital
video, sound recording and graphic design has a powerful motivating
effect on children. For boys, in particular, evidence suggests that
making films, for example, really does improve their engagement,
says Alan Rodgers, primary representative for Naace, the education
technology advisers' organisation. "It's the authenticity of
the task that engages them."
Primary English offers the most obvious opportunities initially
for allying imaginative work to technology's creative potential.
Schools that have used technology to complement pen and paper -
using digital cameras to take pictures as a stimulus for creative
writing or getting pupils to write out instructions for machines
they see featured in computer games - have noted a marked impact
in class. Not only are children more attentive but their confidence
is boosted by doing activities they enjoy and can easily relate
Check out the "Unite
for children, unite against AIDS" video
You can still participate, of course, and send
us YOUR version so we can add it to the video.
WATCH THE FILM
MORE INFO in English
The first OneMinutesJr workshop in 2006 was organised in Liepaja
on the coast of Latvia from February 21-25. The 20 participants
came from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The theme of the workshop
was (self-)portrait, the new category in the annual theoneminutesjr
Tthe workshop was hosted by the culture and information centre k@2
in the district of Karosta which used to be a Soviet naval base.
The sea, the orthodox church, hyperrealistic portraits of locals
on the walls and beautiful winter days created a perfect setting
for the workshop.
The Kids' TV Forum in London, UK
Children’s news agency changing the face of Bangladeshi
Children's Express journalists Tarek Mehdi and Farah
interviewing a young mechanic. © UNICEF Bangladesh / 2006
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 2 February 2006 - It looked
like any other press conference in the capital, but there was one
big difference: on this particular day it was Bangladesh's top newspaper
editors on the receiving end of pointed questions - from children.
It was an entertaining sight; senior editors squirming in their
chairs as a volley of questions were thrown at them by young journalists.
The junior 'journos' from Shishu Prakash - or Children's Express
- enthralled the packed audience at the National Press Club with
their hard-line approach:
"Why can't you give more space to children's news?"
"Why are children being portrayed negatively?"
"Why don't you give us a page daily?"
Dubai media awards open to all journalism students
Journalism students worldwide have until March 15 to enter a competition
to recognize young media talent, organized by Dubai Media City.
Youth reporters cover Games for Plan
When the 3,100 media personnel descend on Melbourne for the Games,
among their number will be nine talented young people from across
Three reporters each from Ghana, India and Pakistan will act as
roving journalists during the Games, gathering television and print
stories for the Goodwill Partner, Plan.
Kids Channels are the flavours of Urban India
Kids Channels are the flavour of the season. Today, everybody is
running after the estimated 30 million kids in 'Urban India'. The
reason: they are the main influence in buying anything, be it a
plasma TV, the latest bike or a game.
However, one fact has become clear: the TV-viewing pattern of kids
has changed drastically over the last few years. Media analysts
opine that children's programming has moved from animation and cartoons
to a mix of live action programmes (Hungama Channel's Hungama Fungama),
documentaries, movies and game shows.
"Mundo sem Segredos" MAGIC entry updated
Check out this fascinating youth radio project from Mozambique in
the MAGIC bank.
Editorial: Parents should talk to children about violence in
Collegian Editorial Board - Kansas State Collegian
The old adage of "guns don't kill people - people kill people"
applies to the media, as well.
(...) Parents have little to fear from violence in the media, as
long as they are able and willing to communicate the real-life consequences
of that violence with their children.
OneMinutesJr workshop starts in Latvia
The OneMinutesJr workshop in Latvia brings together 20
young people from the Baltic States - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
In a 5-day workshop, they will create 20 OneMinutesJr videos. All
films will soon be online at the project website www.theoneminutesjr.org.
Teenagers hit out at stereotyping - Ireland
Young people believe they are being treated unfairly due to stereotypical
notions associating them with crime and sexual promiscuity, a new
survey has revealed.
Teenagers said their treatment was often unequal and unfair in comparison
with the way adults are treated in public places. The report 'Inequality
and the Stereotyping of Young People' from the Equality Authority
and the National Youth Council of Ireland found young people felt
they were being treated differently to adults in the education system,
in shops and in public places.
REPORT in pdf
Junior Film Contest - My Europe
"Shooting Europe" is a European film festival to take
place in Karlsruhe Germany (24-28 May 2006). There will be a competition
for professional movie makers.
However, we decided also to ask non-professionals for their contributions
in a special junior cathegory. Please take your camera and show
what you would call "My Europe".
More info available in the following languages: Bulgarian, Dutch,
English, German, French, Latvian, Polish, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish
and Ukrainian here.
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