Turkmenistan children voice their opinions on a new UNICEF supported TV show
By Gulyalek Soltanova
Every other Wednesday RovshenAbylov, 23, a young Turkmen TV anchor on “Yashlyk” (youth) channel invites viewers to explore the world of childhood in the newly produced TV show named “Children’s Soul”. Aired specially for the young, this show introduces children to all possible concepts pertaining to their rights, development and participation.
This TV show is an initiative of Turkmenistan’sYashlyk youth channel andUNICEF. Through this partnership, the twin goalsof advancing overall child development through high quality programming and broadening children’s outlook by increasing their access to ideas and promoting critical thinking and participation in social and cultural life, will be achieved.
Each episode of “Children’s soul” has three segments that address a variety of issues – health, education, rights, sports, nutrition, environmental protection, culture, art, and science. These episodes range froma talk or discussion, feature stories, field visits, celebrity participation on the show, games, songs, cartoons, short social films, demonstration and book discussions.
“The idea of producing a new TV show for children together with UNICEF occurred when I participated in the OneMinuteJr video workshop on children’s rights, organized by UNICEF and the Ministry of Culture and TV and Radio Broadcasting of Turkmenistan,” says Rovshen, who is also an undergraduate at the State Institute of Culture. “It was at the workshop that I understood how awareness of rights and development issues can contribute to children being healthy, educated and protected in Turkmenistan. I decided to initiate a dialogue between Yashlyk channel and UNICEF to produce a children’sprogramme that would boost boththeir learning and overall development, and I succeeded,” Rovshenadds proudly.
Television plays a central role in the lives of children these days. Children turn to TV more often because there are very few other media resources available for them. With inadequate access to the Internet and lack of print media designed for children, television is a major source for information, education and entertainment.
For GulchinarGogusheva, 16-year old schoolgirl, the show has become part of her life. Gulchinar leads one of the segments of the show where she demonstrates hand made crafts for children.“I am so excited about being part of the new show and feel proud that children recognize me when I walk in the streets. It is a great opportunity for me to interact with children and become a TV professional,” says Gulchinar.
Rovshen and his team are gearing up for an episode devoted to the International Day of Children’s Broadcasting that will be aired on the first Sunday of March. “Once we broadcast the show, we plan to submit the episode for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting contest and I sincerely hope that we win,” adds Rovshen with excitement.