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Barbadian children learn how to produce One minute
for my Rights videos
Trainer Nicholas King demonstrating to students
the use of the camera © UNICEF Office For Barbados and the
Over the last two weeks twenty Barbadian children ages 8 through
15 years joined a growing number of children throughout the world
who are producing one minute for my rights videos. Under the guidance
of Nicolas King - who was trained in the UNICEF-supported One minute
for My Rights Training of Trainers workshop in Suriname in May-
these children have decided to focus on HIV/AIDS and drugs as the
themes for their videos which are expected to be completed early
in the month of October.
In addition to learning the technical skills of video production,
the children, who are mainly from Nelson Street and Poinside in
the city of Bridgetown, have been learning various life skills which
will enable them to deal with social issues such as how to protect
themselves from contracting HIV/AIDS. They are also being taught
drama by Aaron Blackman one of the resource persons for the Youth
Children exhibition, carnival to be held in Sri Lanka
An educational exhibition and children's carnival to mark the international
children's day will be held in Colombo from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3,
Daily News reported Tuesday.
The event which will be held under the theme "We are the Future
"is aimed at providing education and entertainment to the younger
generation and creating awareness about children's rights, Sri Lankan
Information and Media Minister Dilan Perera was quoted as saying.
"The Media Ministry is organizing this event for the second
time.Last year it proved to be a resounding success. We expect to
give our children an even better experience through this year's
carnival and exhibition," he said.
According to the report, Children's parks, children's films, book
exhibitions, mobile computer labs and over 200 exhibition stalls
of government and private institutions will add color to the event.
Speech, drama, arts, singing and gymnastic competitions will also
be held for school children during the carnival, Perera added.
Media: Youth panel could monitor the media (UK)
Ofcom and the Press Complaints Commission will consider setting
up a youth panel to monitor media portrayal of young people, following
lobbying by the children's commissioner and the UK Youth Parliament
Al Aynsley-Green and representatives of the UKYP met the media regulators
last week to discuss the idea, which was previously mooted by young
people during meetings with government ministers. They also surveyed
evidence and a draft code of conduct produced as part of Young People
Now's Positive Images campaign.
Young voices call out across Liberian airwaves - By Patrick
A member of the Star Radio team in Monrovia, Liberia
© UNICEF Liberia/2005/Slavin
MONROVIA, Liberia, 20 September 2005 - An unusual group
of young Liberian journalists is landing more and more major news
scoops, such as an exclusive interview with the Liberian Head of
State, the Minister of Defence, or UNICEF Liberia Representative
What is so unusual about these journalists? The average age of Star
Radio's four Kids Talk reporters is just twelve years old.
Preparation, hard work, practicing the highest professional journalistic
standards, and making sure they make it school on time are the secrets
to their success.
Kids Talk first hit Liberia's airways in July, and their 27-minute
broadcasts are now heard four times a week on Star Radio, one of
this west African nation's leading radio stations. Star Radio can
be picked up across Liberia on the shortwave band.
"I like hearing my voice on the radio and love it when I get
praise for Kids Talk," said correspondent George Toby, 12,
who has to constrain his infectious smile when he turns his microphone
toward one of the show's VIP guests.
ARTICLE AND AUDIO FILES
UNICEF Slovakia holds conference on Media & Children
MORE INFO on
the website of the Slovak National Committee for UNICEF
Colombia signs commitment to Quality Television for Children
Within the framework of the event entitled "Quality Television
2005", held in the city of Bogotá at the Casa de Nariño,
official home of the President of Colombia, the "Commitment
for Quality Television for Children in Colombia" was signed.
In attendance were the First Lady of the Nation, the Minister of
Culture, representatives of the Ministries of Communication and
Education, the President's Special Programmes Advisory Office, directors
of public and private television channels, the presidents of the
National Association of Communication Media (ASOMEDIOS), the Association
of Colombian Dailies (ANDIARIOS), and the National Advertisers Association
(ANDA), the UNICEF Representative and members of the group that
promoted this initiative, headed by Fundación Imaginario.
The event brought together national and international experts, legislators,
programmers, producers, regulatory functionaries, academics, students
and other personalities of the audiovisual sector to exchange, analyze
and debate the different perceptions of how to create quality television
Furthermore, an important sample of children's television offerings
was shown, with the best of Latin American and European productions
like Prix Jeunesse Suitcase from Germany, the Latin American EBU
Item Exchange, Zweites Deutches Fernsehen, and Divercine.
This process began in January 2004 after the country made a commitment
at the Fourth World Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents,
held in Rio de Janeiro, to work for what today has become a reality.
It promotes incentives for the national production of children's
television, wherein private enterprise may show its social responsibility
and its commitment to children.
The commitment is intended to train young professionals and new
producers of children's programming, with increased emphasis on
creative research and development. It furthermore aims to stimulate
citizen participation and surveillance of children's television
in Colombia and form a truly qualified television audience that
feeds its criteria back to national producers.
For Manuel Manrique, UNICEF Representative for Colombia and Venezuela,
this is a commitment from which we expect "an attractive, quality
television that promotes the development and rights of children.
It is about television in which child rights are always present,
and that keeps in mind the constant presence of child viewers of
what in most cases is the only entertainment and recreational medium
As an outcome of an extensive process of research and cross sectoral
negotiation, the signing of the commitment also had the blessing
of such international allies of the process as the Fundación
Prix Jeunesse, the Chilean National Television Council, MIDIATIVA
and RED TV from Brazil, the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation
and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá.
The materialization of this commitment offers a positive panorama
for Colombian children, a panorama that includes the Bill of Statutory
Law on Children and Adolescents, introduced last August 17 before
the Congress of Colombia. It also includes the work being done by
UNICEF with state entities like the Office of the Attorney General
of the Republic, ICBF and the Federation of Governors, to get the
Development Plans of the different municipalities to include investment
that addresses the priorities of Colombian children and adolescents.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
2nd International Audiovisual Festival for Children & Adolescents
in Havana, Cuba
The Cuban Institute of Movie Arts and Industry (ICAIC), through
its Animation Studios, officially announces the celebration of the
Second International Audiovisual Festival to take place from June
1st to 4th, 2006, in Havana. It is aimed at developing exchange,
producing quality audiovisual works, and promoting thematic, esthetic,
and cultural diversity within a globalized world context.
The Festival will be co-sponsored by UNIAL, ICRT, the Educational
Television, the Educational Channels, UNICEF, and the International
Movie-Making and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños.
CALL FOR ENTRIES IN ENGLISH
TRAINING / WORKSHOPS
OneMinutesJr summer workshop in Georgia, South Caucasus
The sea, sun, beach and friends around...what else do you need
for a good film?
Members of the Young People’s Media Network in Georgia could
not find a better place in August for their one-minute video workshop.
On 3–10 August, 25 members of the network from different TV
studios gathered at the Black Sea popular resort of Chakvi to film
25 one-minute videos.
Young people under the guidance of professional scriptwriters and
cameramen had to prepare storyboards and do actual filming and editing.
The five-day workshop was organized by Internews with the financial
support of UNICEF.
Environmental pollution, friendship, drugs, smoking, life in general
at the seaside, were the main topics of the films, chosen by children
themselves. Of course, the sea, the sun and pleasant surroundings
inspired the young people to make interesting films with a lot of
humour. But some of the films were serious...
“How can people throw broken bottles around...garbage is everywhere,
I could not think of any other topic when I saw how polluted our
seaside is,” said Nino Meshvelashvili, 17, from the Tbilisi
Youth House, author of the film “Boomerang”.
6th Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children
and Young Audiences
Running between Monday, 12 - Sunday, 18 September, the 6th Buster
Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences
shows 156 films from all over the world - and a sidebar of New Nordic
The 6th Buster Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children
and Young Audiences, which took off Monday (12 September) to the
screening of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's Hauru no ugoku shiro
(Howl's Moving Castle) in the attendance of festival protector,
Her Highness Princess Alexandra, will present 156 films with competitions
both for features and shorts. Using screens at the Grand, the Huset
and the Cinemateket, the festival's main venue is Copenhagen's Palads
Theatre, which will host the award ceremony on Friday, 16 September
(and US director Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Three Nordic productions will contend for the prize as Best Children's
Feature, including Danish director Anders Rønnow Klarlund's
Strings, Finnish director Liisa Helminen's Pelikaanimies (The Pelican
Man) and Swedish director Anders Gustafsson's Percy, Buffalo Bill
& jag (Percy, Buffalo Bill & I), the latter - from Ulf Stark's
novel - showing as an international première. The eight competitors
comprise such films as Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi's award-winning
Lakposhtha häm parvaz mikonand (Turtles Can Fly).
OneWorldTV and MTV's Staying Alive Campaign have teamed up once
again to launch this year's HIV/AIDS PSA competition. This is your
opportunity to create a powerful Public Service Announcement (PSA)
on the subject of HIV/AIDS to a wide audience across various platforms.
We are asking you to get creative with your video equipment to produce
a 30-60 second PSA to inform, inspire and motivate particularly
young people on the issue of HIV and AIDS. Public Service Announcements
should provide clear information about the issue whilst simultaneously
captivating the audience and inspiring them to act. You will need
to be creative, well informed and passionate about bringing the
issue of HIV/AIDS to the public's attention in new and engaging
The winning PSA will be showcased on the Staying Alive website and
the OneWorldTV open documentary platform plus there's a very good
chance it will be broadcast on one or more of MTV's television channels.
Last year's winning entry was indeed broadcast on MTV's Asian channels
and the UK's Community Channel, as well as receiving the Staying
Alive award. All eligible video entries received will be showcased
on the OneWorldTV open documentary platform.
Young TV producers network in Asia on HIV/AIDS: 'A Look Within'
- A Project of UNESCO and AIBD
UNESCO and AIBD have collaborated on a project to build a network
of young TV producers working on HIV/AIDS in Asia. The rationale
is that regional endeavours of this sort will enable all countries
in the region to be involved in an effective regional work for quality
TV programming on HIV/AIDS.
This project began with a preliminary training workshop held in
Thailand in April this year. Eleven young TV producers from Cambodia,
China, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam,
working with national TV organisations, were chosen for training.
The workshop helped participants gain knowledge and skills in producing
films on HIV/AIDS. After the workshop, they were requested to produce
a short documentary on HIV/AIDS.
Recommendation that parents limit television viewing of Katrina
disaster for children under 12 years of age
The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina have been felt across
the country during the past weeks. Thousands of children are survivors
of Katrina, while millions of others around the country have observed
horrific sights via media coverage. Although they were not directly
involved with the tragedy, repeated television viewing of the disaster
puts these children at high risk for developing Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
"Research on the impact of the World Trade Center attack indicates
that children who viewed more television news of the attack were
two times as likely to develop symptoms of PTSD than children with
lower TV exposure," said Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., Director
of the NYU Child Study Center. "Our job as parents is to protect
our kids from unnecessary media coverage of this event. Good parents
will stop the television."
TECHNOLOGY & PARENTS
Group urges parents to 'Get with IT'
Parents concerned about their children's use of the internet and
other new technologies are being urged to 'Get with IT' by Ireland's
Internet Advisory Board.
The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan, has launched the Internet
Advisory Board's (IAB) awareness campaign, which is aimed at helping
parents know more about the internet and digital age so that they
can make sure their children are safe while surfing the web or using
technologies such as mobile phones.
Germany's kidcasters get ready for a toon TV invasion
The German kids broadcasting market is about get a little more crowded
this month as Nick straps on its lederhosen and takes a second stab
at succeeding with a 24-hour kids channel in the region. And with
Cartoon Network launching a six-hour Saturday morning block on Kabel
1 (fueling rumors that a full channel launch is in the works for
2006), everyone's curious to see whether veteran domestic kidnets
such as Super RTL and KI.KA will be able to shut down the newbies
and hang onto their considerable marketshare.
NEWS / RESEARCH
Young shift TV viewing to new media
Young viewers are increasingly turning away from traditional television
sets and watching programmes on other devices, according to new
Among 25- to 34-year-olds, almost one third of viewing now takes
place away from the TV set, according to a survey by branded content
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CALL FOR ENTRIES
PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2006, the world's premier festival
for children and youth television programmes, is calling for entries.
The overall festival theme of PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2006 is
"Laugh and the World Laughs With You: Kids, TV and Humour".
Information units on the festival theme will be offered during the
festival week, and a PRIX JEUNESSE "2006 Theme Prize"
will be awarded to a programme with outstanding use of humour, out
of all entries.
ATTENTION: Early entry deadline: 12 December 2005
Contest rules and entry forms available at the Prix
Sithengi 2005 schedule announced
A Total of 120-150 children attend the CBFA-SITHENGI Children's
Festival in Cape Town. The children attend workshops in different
media related fields from TV Productions, Animation, Radio Production,
Arts and Culture. This year the children will also participate in
a Film Camp and Kids for Kids Festival learning how to produce their
own 1-minute film.
A selection of children will be invited to write a short treatment
and to pitch their story to a panel of judges during the CBFA-SITHENGI
Children's Festival on the 15 November.
1st National Community Media Forum in Tanzania
The Media Council of Tanzania in collaboration with the Young People's
Media Network (YOMneT) are organizing the first national community
media forum in Morogoro from September 12-14 to discuss the formation
of the National Community media Forum.
The forum will be attended by 30 participants, 60% of them young
people working in the media or producing media from around the country.
UNICEF supports this meeting and works closely with the youth networks
which will be represented at the meeting by community media actors.
Community media actors have been trained in 16 districts implementing
the Out of School youth programme for ages 15-24 - however,
from 2006, the focus will be on the age group 14-18.
P articipants will share lessons learnt in supporting children and
young people to produce media channels and messages, mainly focusing
on protection issues including the visibly HIV/AIDS pandemic. Radio,
television and video programmes will be displayed during the forum's
market stall session. During this forum, young people will also
prepare scripts and outlines for their workto be exhibited during
the National Youth Week in Singida from October 8-14.
During the forum in Morogoro, YOMneT will present their report which
includes community-based youth led media. YOMneT will also present
to the media the monitoring report on the press coverage of issues
affecting children and young people up to the age of 24 years, a
sub-activity done with the support from UNICEF Tanzania.
Other participants are from Radio Kwizera, a radio station based
in Ngara, north-western Tanzania broadcasting for the refugee populations
in Tanzania and in Burundi and Rwanda. Others are from Radio Tanzania,
Radio Free Africa, Radio Abood, Radio Tumaini, Radio Contry FM,
the Tanzania media for Youth development (TAMEYODA) and individual
journalists who have been working with young people in the development
of community media channels. Among the community-based media are:
Radio Kwizera, a dozen-plus faith-based radio stations, Masasi districts
radio and television station and several others scattered in 21
regions of Tanzania Mainland.
UNICEF photo workshop for children of Beslan
Children in Beslan get
involved in Laura’s research for the workshop
© Mikhail Dzarasov - 2005
Journalist John Varoli sees how a UNICEF’s photography
workshop for the children of Beslan turns into an extraordinary
period of rehabilitation and rejuvenation. The children’s
photographs are of such a high standard that the Beslan authorities
will open an exhibition of their work as part of the commemoration
of the first anniversary of the siege of School No. 1.
Several months before the first anniversary of the Beslan
school tragedy, UNICEF decided to commemorate the event with a photo
exhibition that would be something very different – a bold
and more insightful perspective than that offered by a professional
photographer. The answer: why not give cameras to the children of
Beslan and let them photograph their hometown? Thirteen children
from Beslan were selected, five of whom had been hostages during
the siege at the school.
First, they’d have to be instructed at least in the basics.
Enter Italian photographer, Giacomo Pirozzi. He has been to Beslan
before, to chronicle the tragedy that befell this small Ossetian
town last autumn, but this time his task is more unusual. In less
than a week he has to teach 13 children how to become photographers
– good enough to put together an exhibition. It’s a
risky experiment, and many wonder whether it will work.
International Photoshare Photo Contest
Photography is powerful tool for communicating local health and
development issues. Do you have photos of programs in action and
the people you serve? Pictures illustrating the realities of urban
and rural life in developing countries? Snapshots from your personal
travels, volunteer service, or work experience? You may have an
Elementary School Children Increasingly Rely on Internet for
Homework - Study shows most parents still not supervising children's
Toronto, August 31 / CNW - The Internet is fast-becoming as important
a homework tool as pen and paper. According to the second annual
Back-to-School survey commissioned by AOL Canada Inc. and conducted
by Maritz Research, 78 per cent of Canadian children from ages 8
to 12 claimed they use the Internet to get help with homework and
research for school projects.
In addition, 45 per cent of these young respondents indicated they
spend either an equal or greater amount of time doing schoolwork
online as for their own personal use. A whopping 73 per cent of
respondents said they prefer to use both the Internet and school/library
books equally in completing school assignments.
BROADCASTING / REGULATION
BBC rapped over porn documentary
THE BBC has been rapped by media watchdog Ofcom for showing a documentary
about prostitution, drug abuse, brothels and the pornography industry
in the morning.
Some parents complained that they had been watching with young children
when Britain's Streets of Vice was screened at 9.15am.
The BBC said the series of four documentaries had been scheduled
to run during term-time when children were at school:
Youth Assembly 2005 at the United Nations: Young people making
a difference - By Kun Li
NEW YORK, 12 August 2005 - The United Nations' Youth Assembly is
a special conference held annually at UN headquarters, where young
people from all over the globe get together to discuss how they
can make a difference in today's world.
The primary issue before the Assembly this year was how young people
can be empowered to help their countries achieve the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs).
"My experience here is very exciting. I learned many new things
about the Millennium Development Goals," said Andrejs Eglitis,
21, a delegate from Latvia. "It's like enlightenment for me.
I now understand why MDGs are so important."
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