Young people aged ten to eighteen at Children's Voice, a radio programme based in Kiev, Ukraine, won the 2002 UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize. The prize-winning edition focused on street-children.
Children’s Voice is supported by the Foundation of Youth Culture and Education which created the Independent Children’s Media Center. It is produced, presented, and edited by the children themselves.
“We all came to the Center without any practical skill in doing programmes at all,” says the Center’s President 17-year-old Denis Stepura. “However, in the course of time we were provided with both practical and theoretical classes. We learned about the key principles of work at the biggest radio and TV stations in Ukraine. We passed through the course of Basic Journalist Skills, and attended the master classes provided by outstanding journalists, lawyers, and so on.”
Key goals of the project include:
a. giving children the opportunity to freely express their perspectives on - and, by extension, to help resolve - problems impacting their peers in the Ukraine
b. fostering dialogue between adults and children
c. advancing children's journalistic skills
d. creating a mechanism for collaboration between government and commercial organisations, NGOs, mass media, and children who are concerned about children's rights, happiness, and intellectual development.
“Ten of us made up our mind that we should not only discuss amazing events and exchange info among ourselves but also have this information heard by other teenagers,” Denis Stepura says.
“The thing we enjoy the most is that via radio we can reach other teenagers. At the same time radio enables us to involve as many children as we can thus spreading their standpoint among the public at large.”
“Whatever we do – cutting programmes, interviewing, writing scripts, directing programmes – we believe we can make a difference in the Ukraine and probably in the world.”
“All of us became more convinced in our own efforts and in our future. Probably not all of us will dedicate their life to journalism – but we know how to express our thoughts.”
The other finalists for the 2002 radio prize were:
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