Belgrade, 20 November 2005 - The UNICEF Office for Serbia and Montenegro for the second time conferred the annual prize for the best quality and highly ethical reporting on children and their rights. A total of 39 journalists with 46 entries took part in the competition.
The winners are Ms. Duska Maksimovic for her article “Different – So What?,” published in bi-weekly “Zenski Svet”, and Ms. Valentina Delic for TV feature “Lexicon Belgrade – Travnik” produced by PG Mreza and broadcast on RTS.
The awarded article deals with the problems of one of the marginalized groups of children – children with disabilities. What makes this article most different from many good quality features on this and similar topics is the affirmative approach which undoubtedly helps the general public to better understand the problems faced by the families with children with disabilities. It also offers one of the possible ways in resolving these problems. This article represents a call for action for providing appropriate living and developmental conditions for every child.
The TV piece is about two secondary school children, a boy from Travnik and a girl from Belgrade, establish a contact and become friends who visit each other, alternately in Belgrade and Travnik, showing each other their respective cities, friends and families. The feature represents an excellent encouragement and guidance for he adults to take seriously into account what their children feel and how they act. The author gives her contribution to the change of deeply rooted stereotypes about children as helpless and passive, unambiguously pointing at their social competencies and potentials. In this way, the rights embedded in the Convention on the Rights of the Child are promoted in a very convincing manner, particularly the right to participation.