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International Children’s Day of Broadcasting 2010

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Child-to-child radio producer and presenter Mayisha, 17 years-old, interviews a child in Boane district, Maputo Province.

Mozambique, March 2010 – Media organisations and children around the world are celebrating the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) on 7 March 2010 under the theme ‘All Rights All Children.’

The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting was created to give exposure to the issue of children’s rights.  Over the years, it also has become a day of celebrating young people in the media. The rights to participation and expression are an integral part of children’s development, and broadcasters have the responsibility to empower young people by giving them media skills and putting their voices on the air.

In Mozambique, the national broadcaster Radio Mozambique will air a special edition of its child-to-child programme on 7 March. The young producers and journalists will go live from various locations across the country to discuss child rights with other young people. 

The national television station TVM will also feature a special edition of its youth programme ‘Roda Viva,’ by and for young people, on the theme of abuse and violence against children. The programme will bring together, in the studio, children from various schools in Maputo, and will also feature special reports from the field in locations across the country. Debates and contests on child rights and interviews with experts are on the menu.

© UNICEF Mozambique/Emidio Machiana
Children present a role play on street children during a live child-to-child programme broadcast by the national television.

UNICEF will award the International Children's Day of Broadcasting Award to honour television and radio broadcasters who best capture the spirit of the ICDB.  The submission process for entries will open directly following the International Children's Day of Broadcasting in spring 2010, when broadcasters will be able to submit their programmes.  The deadline for submission is 15 June 2010.

UNICEF will also offer regional awards to the broadcasters which best promote the principles, purpose and main themes of ICDB.  Each regional winner will be invited to New York in November 2010 and one television and one radio nominee will receive the prestigious International Children's Day of Broadcasting Awards. 

In 2007, Radio Mozambique's child-to-child programme won the International Children's Day of Broadcasting Award for Radio Excellence in recognition of the central role that children have in developing, producing and presenting programmes.



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