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Bangladesh launches children’s news agency
Dhaka, 30 May 2005: Child journalist Noor Selina
Shewley (17) speaks before the audience during the launch of Shishu
Prakash. (Photo) Salma Siddique/UNICEF
Dhaka, 30 May 2005: A dedicated news agency for children ‘Shishu
Prakash’ (Children’s Express) was launched today to
enhance both the quality and quantity of child development news
Supported by UNICEF and implemented by Mass-Line Media Centre (MMC),
the pilot project aims to empower 640 young journalists (aged from
16 to 18) with the techniques for reporting child development issues.
Ten children (five boys and five girls) in each of the 64 districts
throughout the country will identify and write news stories. These
stories will be sent to the Dhaka-based Child Rights Desk set up
at MMC to provide editorial oversight before the stories are published
in ten selected national Bangla and English dailies.
It is envisaged that respect for child and adolescent rights in
Bangladesh will improve as a result of the collaboration with pro-active
newspapers and social networks.
Apart from regular reporting on children stories, Shishu Prakash
will release more than 200 issue-based stories and periodic reports
analyzing trends in child reporting by the national media in the
pilot project which runs until the end of 2005.
Shishu Prakash will use global standard guidelines and checklists
in reporting children’s issues. This is the first such initiative
in South Asia.
Praising this initiative, speakers at the launching ceremony hoped
that this will also increase children’s participation in the
For more information, please contact:
The C8 Children's Forum - July 3-5, 2005
What is the C8?The C8 is a children and young people’s version
of the G8 meeting. C8 will be held in Scotland in July. Young people
from around the globe will be travelling to Scotland to debate and
take action on the most pressing issues facing young people today.
Young people from 8 of the world’s poorest countries will
meet with young people from G8 countries, to debate, discuss and
firmly place their issues on the agenda of the G8 leaders. They
will produce their own recommendations to take to the G8 leaders.
OneMinutesJr workshop in Chisinau, Moldova
Participants of the OneMinutesJr workshop in
Moldova - UNICEF/MAGIC - 2005
20 boys and girls from Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Uzbekistan
have come together in Chisinau, Moldova, to produce OneMinuteJr
videos on "migration".
The young participants will write short stories and then film and
edit their movies in the 5-day workshop which ends with a public
presentation during the Chronograf International Film Festival.
Macedonia’s Youth of the World, Youth for the World has
been named the winner of UNICEF’s Voices of Youth ‘Make
a Difference’ one-minute video contest.
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A special award will be presented at the annual
PROMAX& BDA Conference on 21-23 June in New York City.
The award goes to the video that best capture the mission of Voices
of Youth - to promote and protect every child’s right to know
more, say more and do more about the world they live in.
The winning video will become an official public service announcement
of Voices of Youth and will be made available for broadcast along
with the rest of the finalists in celebration of the International
Children’s Day of Broadcasting, 11 December 2005.
WEBSITES / GAMES
Habbohotel 'UNICEF Bus' - UNICEF-Comité
The Habbohotel "UNICEF Bus" completed its first year last
Friday, April 29th. In order to celebrate this first anniversary,
UNICEF created a series of activities and chats concerning "Sports
for Development", accompanied by a forum on the website www.enredate.org
(Website of the program of Education for Development for UNICEF-Spanish
Committee). The theme also coincides with 2005 being the International
Year for Physical Education and Sport.
UNICEF and Habbohotel created an alliance in order to carry out
chats with young people about important themes such as education
or development. Now, thousands of children visit the site to participate
in this virtual community, supervised 24 hours a day by a volunteer
staff from both Habbohotel and UNICEF, creating a safe environment.
Children can get on the "Bus" for 15 minute chats about
All for Peace: A Palestinian-Israeli Radio Station
It started with music. In January 2004, a radio station
based in East Jerusalem made its debut on the Internet [www.allforpeace.org],
broadcasting a playlist of global tunes that featured Arab and Israeli
melodies. By April, the station was hosting talking radio programs
in the mornings - one hour in Hebrew and one hour in Arabic. "We
deal with education, culture and sport, but politics is out,"
explains Maisa Seniora, the station's Palestinian co-director. "You
are bound to hurt someone when you deal with politics." The
station offers a range of programs for adults as well as for young
Tanzania holds its first radio manifesto meeting
Twenty three senior managers, producers and editors from eight radio
stations today participated in the first meeting of its kind todiscuss
on the implementation of the Global Radio Manifesto. The meeting
was organized by the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) in collaboration
with the Young People's Media Network (YOMneT) and supported by
The objectives of the meeting were twofold: to share experiences
and renew commitments to the Radio Manifesto and to develop a strategy
and plan of action which will ensure Tanzania raddio stations have
children and young people not only in their programmes but are given
a bigger opportunity to express their opinions and reflections through
About 85 per cent of Tanzanians rely on radio for their news, education
and entertainment although television is catching up fast, an impact
of globarization. Rodney Phillips, the UNICEF Representative expressed
his wish to seeing more children and young people are given opportunity
in the media, especially radio "They have the ability and have
proved can do wonders if given the opportunity to use radio",
In the plan of action, issues of capacity development such as training
and resources allocation; advocacy of the manifesto and its translation
into national language-Kiswahili as well as coordination and networking
were given prominence. UNICEF has pledged to support the MCT, YOMneT
and radio stations in working toweards achieving the goals set in
the manifesto for the best interest of the chils and young persons.
Powerful persuasion - Can healthy eating ads balance TV's junk food
Orange wedges served with school-bought lunches turn into silly
toys, wedged rind-side out in kids' mouths like cartoon character
Crunched juice pouches and milk boxes scatter the tables; half-eaten
homemade sandwiches on white bread and nibbled-upon hot-lunch quesadillas
lay smashed and limp as the children at Broomfield's Emerald Elementary
make faces, crack jokes and giggle their way through meal time creating
an ear-splitting din.
Food is not the central focus of their time; Play is.
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Catch the real vibes at jamsquad.com - Jamaica
The pace at which technology is moving these days is absolutely
mind-boggling. The Internet is one of the main beneficiaries of
this growth as evidenced by the use of broadband technology and
the various linkages of the Internet with other media. It was natural
for the Internet and entertainment to merge today to provide societies
with greater entertainment options.
David Mullings along with his younger brother Richard are the masterminds
behind Random Media which is a multimedia company geared to provide
options for especially young people to access information on entertainment
and other leisure activities. The concept arose during their first
semester in their MBA programme at the University of Miami where
they started the realvibes.net website, a site where you can download
music from the various genres but which was more geared towards
the international market. Random Media were successful with their
first project which now averages over 500,000 hits per month.
International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) - Sport
for Development and Peace - Let's Play!
UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
are asking broadcasters around the world to highlight sport as they
celebrate this year's International Children's Day of Broadcasting
(ICDB) on 11 December 2005.
The power of sport as a tool for development and peace is the theme
of this year's ICDB, the day when broadcasters throw open their
studio doors and the airwaves to young producers and presenters.
And, for the first time this year, the International Academy and
UNICEF will offer eight regional awards to the broadcasters which
best promote the principles, purpose and main themes of ICDB.
Each regional winner will be invited to the International Emmy Awards
Gala in New York on 21 November 2005 and one will receive the prestigious
International Academy/UNICEF Award.
Young filmmakers meet in Litchfield, CT, for first-ever US American
To find out more about the workshop which was organized by
ListenUp!, please click here.
Voices of Youth members plan newsletter
Luciana, Jennifer, Laura, Camille, Fatima and Zuhur are hard at
work inventing their own means of expression: a newsletter that
will be published online through Voices of Youth.
These young people and others who are regular participants in Voices
of Youth's online chats and discussions, got together over the last
few months to discuss what they could do to affect change in their
communities. They "got together" online, from places as
far apart as Somaliland, Romania, France, Nigeria, Morocco, and
Argentina. The group has never met in person.
AWARDS / OPPORTUNITIES
Marie Claire Magazine has recently launched a fabulous journalism
award for student journalists in South Africa
Vote now for your favorite video!
The "Make a difference" one-minute video contest on Voices
of Youth is coming to a close. We received 75 wonderful entries
from young people around the world, and the adult and youth judges
have chosen 10 finalists. Now is your chance to vote for the winner!
to watch the 10 videos chosen as finalists, then cast your vote
and help choose the video that best shows how young people are taking
action to make the world - and their own communities - a better
place. Don't forget that you need to register as a member of Voices
of Youth to vote.
The winning video will be the official Voices of Youth public service
announcement, will receive prizes, and will be made available for
broadcast around the world on International Children's Day of Broadcasting
later this year.
You have leass than 2 weeks to cast your vote, so do it now!
Vote maintenant pour ta vidéo préférée!!
Le concours vidéo-minute "Faites bouger les choses!",
présenté sur La Voix des jeunes, touche à sa
fin. Nous avons reçu 75 vidéos du monde entier et
les juges, jeunes et adultes, ont choisi les 10 finalistes. A ton
tour maintenant de voter pour la vidéo qui va l'emporter!
pour visionner les 10 vidéos finalistes, puis vote et contribue
ainsi à choisir la vidéo qui montre le mieux comment
les jeunes se mobilisent pour faire de notre planète - et
de leurs communautés - un meilleur endroit. N'oublie pas
que tu dois devenir membre de La Voix des jeunes pour pouvoir voter.
La vidéo gagnante deviendra le message officiel de La Voix
des jeunes et son auteur se verra récompensé. La vidéo
sera proposée aux chaînes de télévision
du monde entier qui pourront la diffuser lors de la Journée
internationale de la radio et de la télévision en
faveur des enfants.
Il ne te reste que moins que 2 semaines pour voter, alors vote tout
¡Vota por tu vídeo favorito!
El concurso de vídeos de un minuto "Marcar la diferencia",
que se presenta en La Juventud Opina, está llegando a su
fin. Hemos recibido 75 vídeos extraordinarios de jóvenes
participantes de todo el mundo, y los jueces jóvenes y adultos
han escogido 10 finalistas. ¡Ahora tienes la posibilidad de
escoger tú al ganador!
para ver los 10 vídeos finalistas, emite luego tu voto y
contribuye a elegir el vídeo que mejor muestre a tu entender
las medidas que toman los jóvenes para conseguir que el mundo
y sus propias comunidades sean mejores. No te olvides de inscribirte
como miembro de La Juventud Opian para votar.
El vídeo ganador se convertirá en el anuncio de servicio
público oficial de La Juventud Opina, recibirá premios
y será emitido en todo el mundo durante el Día Internacional
de Radio y Televisión en favor de la Infancia.
¡Solamente tienes menos que 2 semanas para emitir tu voto!
¡Vota ya mismo!
CRC now available in 47 languages on MAGIC
The latest version added to the list of CRC versions comes from
Myanmar and is illustrated.
Browse the list
Child-speak on video - Children make films to express their
views on issues that impact their lives
Koppal and Raichur districts, Karnataka, have one thing in common
with all other districts in India - a population that is not respected
and often looked down upon as a liability by society, a population
that is forced to live a life of tears.
These, in effect, are the opening words of a 10-minute documentary
on disability. It examines the stigma and indifference with which
families and communities regard disabled children.
The Untold Stories of Darfur
A UNESCO-supported production team traveled recently to Darfur to
start shooting "The Children of Darfur", a 24' youth documentary
about the daily stories of children living in Darfur's refugee camps.
Internews Georgia announces competition for participation in
the production of Pan-Caucasus Television program "Our Express"
The aim of the project is instilling values and decision-making
skills among the adolescents. The goal of this program is to create,
via the powerful medium of television, an unprecedented contact
among adolescents in three Southern Caucasus countries of Armenia,
Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The project "Kids' Crossroads" is being implemented by
Internews in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. 6 teenagers produce
TV program "Our Express", they were selected in 2004 through
the same kind of competition. They underwent different types of
seminars in journalism, filming and editing. The trainings were
conducted by foreign consultants. The TV stories prepared by the
production group are very popular among the adolescents of the three
countries. The program is aired by Georgian Public Television from
January once in two weeks, on Fridays.
Internews Georgia invites 14-17 year old adolescents for participation
in the production of "Our Express", the selected adolescents
will learn all the aspects of TV program production. Kids will shoot,
report stories and edit each program. While there will be adult
supervision at all times, these young people will learn to take
responsibility for developing stories, meeting deadlines and working
in harmony in this truly unique cross-border team.
Criteria for participants:
- Age 14-17
- Excellent skills both verbal and written in Georgian
- Good knowledge of conversational Russian
- Experience in any kind of Television Profession
- Preferable to be the member of any youth organizations or children's
- Ability to work with the team
How to Apply:
Candidates are required to complete application forms and to provide
recommendation letters. You can get application forms from the
Internews Georgia website. The deadline is May 7, 2005 till
7:00 pm. For additional information please contact Shorena
Kochiashvili (Project Manager).
"NRW / Japan - My view... Your view?"
"NRW / Japan - My view... Your view?" is a multicultural
media project for kids and teenagers which - along with other activities
from the German Land North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) - takes place
on the occasion of the Year
of Germany in Japan 2005/2006. In NRW the Project will be run
by the ecmc European Centre for Media Competence GmbH (www.ecmc.de)
on behalf of the State Chancellery NRW (www.nrw.de). On the Japanese
side, the Nippon Carl
Duisberg Association will be in charge of this competition.
The Concept: "How do you spend your Saturday evenings? What
do you have for breakfast? How is your way to school like? What
kinds of music do you like?" - In the frame of the media project
questions like these could be asked by children and teenagers in
form of 1-minute film contributions. Participants from North Rhine-Westphalia
and Japan report about everyday situations and traditions from their
home country and call on kids and teenagers from the respectively
other country to describe - again in form of a 1-minute film - the
presented situation from their own perspective.
On the website www.beiuns-beieuch.de
all contributions will be presented and visitors will be invited
to view, participate and exchange. The best films will be awarded
on the final event of the competition in December 2005.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Youth voice to be respected
The Zambian government is making every effort to address the views
of young people, Youth, Sport and Child Development acting Minister
Judith Kapijimpanga has said.
She said Government was committed to ensuring that the views of
young people on national issues were respected and heard all the
time to make them partners in development.
The minister said this at the official opening of the Children's
Press Bureau (CPB) journalism training programme at the Commonwealth
Youth Programme Centre.
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