As the world celebrates International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), UNICEF calls for strong alliance between the media and children.
ABUJA, 5 March, 2010 - On Sunday, 7 March broadcasting organizations throughout Nigeria will join the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting. In Nigeria, as in other countries, most stations will give control of their operations to children, who will take part in newscasts, productions and presentations.
Articles of 12 and 14 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child say that children have the right to form their own views and to express their views freely through the media on matters affecting them. This is what the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting tries to realise.
The theme for this year is 'All Rights All Children', highlighting the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that all children irrespective of their status and situation should enjoy all the rights as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Child Rights Act 2003.
The UNICEF Country Representative, Dr. Suomi Sakai, promised “to continue working with the Nigerian broadcast media to ensure that we all hear children’s views of their lives and issues affecting them”.
UNICEF has collaborated with the broadcast media in Nigeria to commemorate the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting since 1992.
International Children’s Day of Broadcasting productions are submitted for the International Emmy Awards in New York in November of the same year. We encourage you to send in your best productions for the award. UNICEF will collate all Nigerian entries for onward delivery to the award committee.
For further information, contact Media & External Relations, UNICEF Nigeria Country Office
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