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MAGIC news archive
December 2005

Image of a street child in Odessa wins UNICEF International Photo Award

Yana, a street child in Odessa. One image captures the tragedy of HIV and poverty in Eastern Europe. © David Gillanders
The Scottish photographer David Gillanders is the winner of this year’s international photographic contest, UNICEF Photo of the Year“.
His photo of Yana, a street child in Odessa, captures the scale and human tragedy of the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe. Yana was originally from Moldova, the poorest country in Eastern Europe. Her father, an alcoholic, died young and her mother went to jail when Yana was eight years old. Yana had been living on the streets ever since, most recently in Odessa. She died on the street last Christmas, addicted to drugs and infected with HIV.

Viacom testing limits of youth TV in China
By David Barboza / The New York Times

SHANGHAI - When Nickelodeon's popular children's program "The Kids' Choice Awards" came to China last month, the producers were required to make some serious modifications. (...)
Nonetheless, Viacom, the U.S.-based company that dominates youth-oriented programming in much of the world with its networks MTV and Nickelodeon, is aggressively courting Chinese youngsters, hoping to introduce them to its brand of playfully anti-authoritarian programming. Viacom is pushing its children's programming at a time when News Corp. and Time Warner have been aggressively seeking alliances to produce and broadcast more programs in China.

KNN responds to urgent needs of youth

Roxas City (28 December) - A two-day meeting of the Kabataan News Network (KNN) bureau coordinators nationwide was held recently in Manila to further enhance the 30-minute weekly program aired over two national television stations. The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) sponsored project implemented by Probe Media Foundation, Inc. (PMFI) aims to maximize children participation thru television medium.
Participation rights of children were recognized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) adopted during the United Nations general assembly in 1989. The CRC also upheld and acknowledged the survival, development, and protection rights of children already stipulated in the 1959 Universal Declaration of Child's Rights.
Dr. Dale Rutstein, UNICEF-Manila Communications Officer and founder of KNN, said that the program is responding to the urgent needs of the youth to be heard through television as a medium of child participation. He also discussed the situation of the country's young people citing research studies on child labor, armed conflict, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS as well as adolescent development and participation approaches among others during the meeting.

Television and Children's Fear - Research Findings from Slovakia
[Media Violence] - by Elena Hradiská, Ph.D.

Emotions are integral to people's intricate complex of psychological expressions. They are outcomes of subjective responses to a variety of stimuli. Fear is one such emotion, and its experience is attended by many internal and external changes in the human organism. Any individual manner and form of response to an outward stimulus is contingent on inborn endowments of the organism, the social milieu in which the stimulus challenges the organism, as well as the nature of the organism. Human individuality, therefore, shows a whole gamut of ways in which persons may experience feelings of fear and fright.

BL!NDSPOT - Visualize the unseen - Short film competition 2006
BL!NDSPOT - Visualize the unseen should challenge film makers to confront themselves with a new kind of perception, - a new way of seeing - allowing them to become creative towards this concept. We are looking for films belonging to the following categories: documental, animation, experimental, short films and music videos. They should confront themselves with:
Space (velocity, proportions, mobility),
Time (old-young, day-night, labour time - leisure time)
Values (beauty, mode, brands)
The idea to create a competition based on these aspects originated after questioning ourselves if new IMAGES are reinvented in the mind of the visitors to the exhibition "Dialog in the Dark, an exhibition in which the public experience their daily life in specially constructed darkened rooms designed to reflect urban and countryside environments.

OneMinuteJr video on the South-Asian tsunami

A year ago, thousands of people lost their lives in the tsunami in South-Asia. Vishal Mohamed from Malé on the Maldives, a young participant of a OneMinutesJr workshop, dedicated his short film to the victims and the survivors of the catastrophe.
Watch the video

Smile of a Child TV Network Hits the Air - Bringing Innovative Christian Children's Programming to Digital Cable
There's a new kid on the block in children's television. On Christmas Eve at 12:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (3 a.m. Eastern), Smile of a Child TV Network "signed on" and begin broadcasting quality Christian Children's programming. The brand new addition to Trinity Broadcasting Network's (TBN) family of Christian television is the special project of Jan Crouch, co-founder of TBN. "This wonderful new network is really an extension of the vision God gave me for our whole Smile of a Child ministry," explained Jan, "to pour the love of God into the hearts and lives of children all over the world. Television is a perfect tool to do that."

Quest for Child-Friendly Media (TURKEY)
At the training seminar on Reporting on Children's Rights in Diyarbakir, local reporters, NGO representatives and lawyers discussed ways to create a child-friendly media and get children to participate in the media. They talked about violations in media.

Children's photo competition winners announced while Iran launches the 2006 State of the World's Children's Report - "Excluded and Invisible"

Kham Nazmi (15) - "Where are the playgrounds?" - Iran, 2005

"Where are the playgrounds?" The caption under the winning photo of UNICEF's "Excluded and Invisible" photography competition, held to coincide with the launch of this year's State of the World's Children Report, speaks volumes.

Major review of what our children should see
Standards for children's television are to be reviewed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The official Children's Television Standards came into effect in January, 1990, and, although there have been substantial variations since, there has never been a major review of policy. Acting authority head Lyn Maddock said recent developments - particularly new media and social changes - had prompted the review. "The ACMA wants to ensure that children's television needs are still being met in the most appropriate way," she said.

Youth photo workshop shows teenagers' lives in Moldova

Chisinau, December 19 - "Molesti - a village of children and old people" is the name of a photo-report presented today at the opening of a photo exhibition in Chisinau. Hundreds of pictures were taken by children and young people aged between 14 and 21 as a the result of a photography workshop facilitated by UNICEF photographer Giacomo Pirozzi and supported by UNICEF Moldova in the summer of 2005. The best ones are now on display in Chisinau.
The sixteen participants were volunteers of the youth centers, school newspapers and local youth councils from different regions of the country. The workshop participants "invaded" the village for one day, guided by local young journalists.

Georgia Today launches newspaper for kids, by kid
The daily newspaper Georgia Today has launched a paper to help develop journalism skills among its youngest readers. Kids Today will be a 12-page, full-color weekly newspaper.
The British Council Georgia, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the Georgian English Language Teacher's Association are among the organizers. The project aims to train young reporters, develop critical thinking skills among young readers, and help them develop English-language skills.
Elene Kvanchilashvili, Kids Today managing editor, said the newspaper would be available online soon. The print edition will be available in all secondary schools throughout Georgia and also will be sold at bookstores, newsstands, shops and supermarkets. For more information, contact managing editor Elene Kvanchilashvili.

Press Complaints Commission upholds decision on interview with 15-year old boy (UK)
A woman from Sutton complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a reporter from the Sutton & Epsom Advertiser interviewed her 15-year-old son on a matter involving his and other children's welfare without parental consent in breach of Clause 6 (Children) of the Code of Practice. The complaint was upheld. more

Help make the AIDS Campaign video

UNICEF started a global campaign this year called "Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS". We are now looking for young people around the globe to help us create a short multilingual video with the message "Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS".
If you want to be part of this, all you have to do is get some young people (friends, brothers, sisters, neighbours, classmates, etc.) together, take a video camera and record how you all say together "Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS". This should be done in your local language - no translations needed - as it is a global campaign, we would like to have as many different languages as possible.
Then please get in touch with MAGIC and we will see how you can get the material to us. We would prefer if you sent us the material via email or the Internet; there are different ways of doing this.
The best possible quality would be great, for example, uncompressed video footage with sound. Leave a couple of seconds before the slogan and after the slogan so we can edit it into the video. Try to find a cool location - outdoors is best - so the viewers can get an idea of where you are from. You can also rcord multiple shots, with groups, individuals, etc., and send them to us.
We will try and make sure the final video gets on a number of websites and will be ready to talk to broadcasters if they want to show the video. Of course this is a not-for-profit project, so we cannot offer any payments, just the feeling of being part of something "bigger" and supporting UNICEF's work for children around the world.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions - and spread the news about the project to everybody you know who might want to join!

EU planning 'TV Without Frontiers' directive
Strasbourg, France - The European Commission on Tuesday laid out new broadcasting rules that would allow advertisers to showcase their products on all TV programmes except news, current affairs and children's shows.

Check out the youth-friendly version of The State Of The World's Children: 2006 report. more

Short films

The short film „Wojna“ (Polish for „war“) was created by Agnieszka Kruczek (29) from Poland. The young artist studied Visual Communications (with a focus on Multimedia Design) in Hannover, Germany, before going for a post-graduate degree at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg where “Wojna” was produced. The film uses 2D- and 3D-perspectives; the animations were done by Agnieszka Kruczek herself. The music for the film was composed by fellow student Vladimir Martinka (28, from the Slovak Republic), a student of the Filmmusik-department of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Chief-of-production was Andreas Perzl (25, from Germany), another Ludwigsburg-based student.
Watch the short film in WMV-format (3.7 MB)
All info in German

Download the full pdf (3.1 MB) report
"The State of the World's Children: 2006"

ICDB in Liberia

Liberian Children Celebrate ICDB
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), celebrated the "International Children's Day of Broadcasting" (ICDB) on Sunday, December 11, 2005.
Children's voices singing, debating, acting and laughing were broadcast live from the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia, and heard all over the country with one message "Children have a right to play." Coming from different schools, institutions, and organizations, it was the children who were in charge at the Centennial Pavilion, with adults facilitating their access to 14 radio stations, an opportunity to benefit from the power of media.

ICDB in The Gambia

UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are asking broadcasters around the world to highlight sport as they celebrate this year's International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) on 11 December 2005.
In The Gambia, children from around the country will become producers, directors, presenters and performers and will be seen and heard by a broad national viewer- and listener-ship. GRTS and many radio stations will give control of their broadcasting capabilities to the children. UNICEF Representative in The Gambia, Mrs Cheryl Gregory Faye said, " Sunday December 11th, is a day when children's voices will be heard loudly and clearly and UNICEF encourages every adult to listen to them carefully."

ICDB in Uganda

This year, UNICEF collaborated with the National Council for Children (NCC) to mobilize the broadcast (radio) media in all regions of Uganda (north, east, west, mid-west and central regions) to actively participate in the ICDB. They were encouraged to allocate and dedicate the time slot between 14.00-18.00hrs (2-6pm) to broadcasts by Ugandan children on Ugandan radio under the global theme “Sport for Development and Peace: Let’s Play!”.
Subsequently, 20 FM radio stations from all regions committed themselves to the project, allowing children to explore their creativity and try their hands at actual broadcast production through programming, presentation, entertainment, child-generated news, views, interviews, etc.
In addition, although not part of the ICDB 2005 Awards process, three television stations [Uganda Broadcasting Corporation TV - national broadcaster; WBS TV - commercial broadcaster; TOP TV - faith-based broadcaster] all aired ICDB-related materials.
These included both locally-produced features involving Ugandan children (e.g. news presentation, interviews, commentary, etc) and video materials produced and provided by UNICEF for global distribution. Most popularly featured were “If the World were a Village” & “Giving Children a Sporting Chance” - features which were aired at various times during the ICDB weekend.
UNICEF Uganda now awaits entries from all broadcast (radio) stations that actively participated in ICDB 2005, with final entries expected in by Friday, 16 December, 2005. A select panel of judges, including children—girls and boys, will review the entries, determine which broadcasts best captured the spirit of ICDB 2005, and nominate these broadcasts for awards in a wide range of categories under the general themes of: Information; Entertainment; Production; Child Participation; and Overall Performance. Award winning broadcasts will then receive a trophy and cash prize during a public ceremony in early 2006.

ICDB in Pakistan

Radio programmes by children express solidarity with earthquake victims as part of OCDB 2005 in Pakistan
International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) comes round again and is celebrated worldwide this year on December 11. ICDB is a UNICEF initiative all about encouraging young people to express their views and ensuring their opinions, thoughts and dreams are widely heard. This is done by increasing their access to the broadcast media and helping them master the technology, so that what they create and produce can be shared with a mass audience.
In Pakistan in past years UNICEF has encouraged broadcasters to celebrate the day by producing quality programmes for children, and has distributed some specially made for young people by broadcasters in other countries. With no television station in Pakistan yet having a dedicated children’s channel, this output has been important and this year the good track record continues with PTV, HUM TV and 3 FM stations, FM 100 Karachi, Sunrise FM 97 and FM 101 all showcasing special programming on Sunday in which young people play a central role.
The real thrust and significance of ICDB however, is to empower young people to determine the content and style of the productions, radio or television, that they want - and to have control of the entire process of production. In this ideal ICDB scenario the youth not only come up with the ideas, they script write, work as technicians, direct, narrate and present the programmes.
Of Pakistan’s mass media, radio has huge potential, particularly in rural areas, to access the key youth audiences which UNICEF is committed to reaching with messages about life skills, health, or HIV and AIDS. Pakistan’s teenage age group (12-19) makes up 27 percent of the country’s population. In a developing media environment, FM radio stations are increasing rapidly in all parts of the country as a popular and powerful channel for news and information dissemination.
For ICDB 2005 in Pakistan radio was therefore selected for support by UNICEF as the medium, and a groundbreaking partnership established with Campus Radio FM 107, based at Peshawar University’s Mass Communication faculty in North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
Campus Radio FM 107 has outreach to Peshawar University’s 40,000 strong student body, resident on the campus and in the city’s surrounding areas, including some tribal areas. The Mass Communication students have been working for the last few months with a pilot group of young broadcasters, 12 children aged 11-12, on a UNICEF-assisted series of programmes. The first of 6 programmes in the series entitled “Bazme--Naunehal – Azme--Naunehal, (World of Children, Spirit of Children)’ airs at 17.00 on Sunday.
In recognition of the way life for thousands of Pakistan’s young people has been radically transformed by October 8’s earthquake, a key segment of the programme was recorded in the tented camp of Ghari Habibullah where 3000 internally displaced people are living. In this, the young interviewers from the Campus Radio team meet with girls and boys, offering them the opportunity to express how the disastrous impact on their home communities and the new experiences of camp life have altered forever their daily reality as well as their vision of the future. Campus Radio subsequently invited Peshawar school students to the studio to hear these recorded interviews and in a moving sharing of views they express their solidarity, with the difficult circumstances which the affectee youth are going through.
A further segment of Sunday’s programme was created in recognition of the 2005 ICDB theme “Let’s Play!” focusing on the role of sports and recreation in development and peace. This takes the form of a lively discussion about the need for recreational activities, the young people’s interest in different sports and comments on the obstacles girls find when wanting to compete on equal terms with boys in the playground.
The radio series will continue into 2006 with programmes in a variety of formats created around subject areas chosen by the youth broadcasters. This will be joined by a television broadcast initiative to be planned along similar consultative lines with youth groups, entailing maximunm participation in the process of programme development.
Both initiatives represent exciting progress and a prelude in Pakistan to broadening the vision of ICDB and further facilitating and involving children and youth in the entire programming process for broadcasting - so that this becomes a meaningful and positive experience for them, as well as playing a vital role in raising awareness about rights and development issues concerning children and young people.

ICDB in Africa

Children and young people also dominated the headlines and the TV shows throughout Africa today. Swazi TV features children's programmes from 10 am. UNICEF Swaziland in collaboration with radio stations, the newspaper “The Times Sunday” and Swazi TV facilitated children's activities at a neighborhood care point. In Sierra-Leone, nine radio stations and two TV stations in the capital Freetown as well as eight radio stations in the provinces covered ICDB in their programs and a special media training was organized for over 135 children countrywide. In Botswana, two child presenters had been “shadowing” Radio Botswana presenters since November 30th to be prepared to take over on ICDB and do studio interviews with local sports celebrities and fielding calls in a phone-in programme with other kids. Following this, UNICEF Botswana hopes to establish a permanent children's programme on Radio Botswana in 2006.

ICDB in the Middle East

UNICEF Egypt today launched a pilot TV show entitled "SOTNA" (Our Voice). More than 30 children and adolescents were involved in the making alongside a professional video production team. "It was an amazing experiment," said 14-year old Nouran. "I think it would be great if children could prepare and make their own programmes on TV. I've been dreaming of something like this". Another SOTNA participant, 15-year old Asmaa said: "Of course our minds are closer to the children who we would make the programmes for. We will know what they want to watch."
UNICEF Egypt Representative Dr. Erma Manoncourt spoke of the challenges in turning SOTNA from an experimental production into a must-see feature on Egypt's airwaves, "a show that millions of young Egyptians will want to tune into", with a presence in radio, the internet and print. SOTNA is the latest in a series of UNICEF ventures aimed at enhancing Egyptian children's access to the media. In November, the documentary "Rebellion of the Canes", detailing the experiences of a group of young video animators, won a special award at the 33rd International Emmy Awards Gala in New York.

ICDB in the CEE/CIS region (Central and Eastern Europe & the Commonwealth of Independent States)

Albania: Young reporters from the successful TROC ("Speak Out!") youth programme will prepare a feature focusing on children whose right to play has been denied. The young reporters will try to increase the hours of broadcasting on the national channel TVSH and possibly extend their reach to private TV stations. The power of sport as a tool for development and peace is the theme of this year’s ICDB, the day when broadcasters throw open their studio doors and the airwaves to young producers and presenters.
Armenia: Children from the Rolan Bykov Foundation (a branch of a Moscow-based organization promoting films made by children and for children) have produced 6 short films on traditional games/sports played by children in different regions of Armenia. The films, produced in cooperation with UNICEF Armenia, will be broadcast on all major TV channels of the country on December 11th.
In neighbouring Azerbaijan, children will be the anchors and producers for a 25-minute programme on children and sports to be aired on Public TV in collaboration with Internews and the teenagers from Kids Crossroads, a cross-border TV project for the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia)
In Belarus, ICDB will be celebrated both by TV and radio stations. Belorussian radio will broadcast a programme produced by and with children and young people while National Belorussian TV will show a 45-minute youth talk show, also with the young people participating in the production process.
On this special children's TV day, three public broadcasters in Bosnia and Herzegovina will air a reportage produced by young people about young athletes. There are also plans for state TV BHTV 1 to have children as anchors for parts of the main news. All broadcasters will be invited to join ICDB and celebrate child rights. All three public TV stations will also air UNICEF's ICDB package, which includes a spot produced by UNICEF with football star David Beckham as well as a number of child rights cartoons.
UNICEF Bulgaria has organized a TV competition where children are asking questions on issues related to the CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child), on UNICEF activities in the Bulgaria and globally as well as on children's media achievements. The two shows will be broadcast on December 10th and 17th due to the broadcaster's schedule.
In Georgia, the first channel of the national Public TV is setting aside a lot of time for children on 11 December. Two hours of live programming in the morning will be led by youth including stories from different parts of Georgia about children and sport. In addition, 10 OneMinutesJr on children and sport will be aired as well as a 40-minute film about the participation of children with disabilities in sporting activities. ICDB will also be highlighted in the main evening news programme.
In Kosovo, the public broadcaster RTK wil spearhead the ICDB celebrations. Children will speak about their right to sports and play, highlighting especially the importance for more opportunities for girls and children with disabilities. Messages will be placed in a very popular quiz for kids of primary school age, in a live Sunday programme for adults on sports and a teenager's programme on the same topic.
In The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UNICEF (together with MediaWise) will hold a journalism workshop over the ICDB weekend with the theme "Behind the Headlines - Investigating Abuses of Children's Rights".
In Moldova, a 90-minute programme on public TV and a two-hour programme on public radio will be broadcast, both programmes were created and produced entirely by teams of young journalists.
UNICEF Russia will promote International Children's Day of Broadcating by means of a 13-minute TV film on healthy lifestyles with a special focus on children and sports. The film will go on air on national TV on December 11th.

ICDB in Latin America

In Latin America and the Caribbean, children’s issues are frequently featured in the mainstream media. ICDB is therefore seen as the high point in an ongoing process of young people's participation in the media, not just a one-day celebration. For example, in Nicaragua an all-day festival marked ICDB 2005 today with the country's extensive network of young reporters coming together with young athletes and major media to highlight children's rights to sports, play and recreation. Most of Nicaragua's radio and TV networks are participating, as they do every year.
This year 200 children celebrated with the President of El Salvador, the First Lady, UNICEF's Representantive and other special guests in the Presidential House gardens. A special half-hour ceremony was broadcast on 118 commercial radio stations and one national TV station. Afterwards, the children visited the radio stations while TV and radio stations broadcast their special productions.
For more information, please contact Carmen Vergara-Rodríguez, Communications Officer at the UNICEF office in El Salvador

ICDB in Germany - Kinderfernsehtag (info in German)
1:0 für Kinder - UNICEF-Botschafter David Beckham setzt sich für das Recht auf Spielen ein

Fußball-Star David Beckham ist Schirmherr des Internationalen Kinder-Fernsehtages, der in diesem Jahr unter dem Motto "1:0 für Kinder" steht. Weltweit beteiligen sich über 2000 Sender an dem UNICEF-Medientag und stellen am Sonntag, 11. Dezember 2005, das Recht von Kindern auf Spiel und Sport in den Mittelpunkt ihres Programms. "Durch Sport lernen Kinder, wie wichtig gegenseitiger Respekt ist", sagt Beckham. Auch deutsche Sender unterstützen die UNICEF-Initiative:
Das ZDF Kinder- und Jugendprogramm tivi zeigt im Rahmen von Tabaluga tivi um 6.50 Uhr den kanadischen Trickfilm "Wenn die Welt ein Dorf wäre...". Der Film wird am Internationalen Kinder-Fernsehtag von über 100 Fernsehstationen auf der ganzen Welt ausgestrahlt. Popstar Nena spricht den deutschen Text und erzählt in dem 25minütigen Beitrag, wie das Zusammenleben verschiedener Nationen in einem kleinen Dorf aussehen könnte: 22 Bewohner würden Chinesisch reden, 20 hätten weniger als einen Euro pro Tag, 17 könnten nicht lesen und schreiben und nur 24 Menschen hätten ein Fernsehgerät.
Der Kindersender JETIX (empfangbar über Premiere) startet am Kinder-Fernsehtag die Bewerbungsphase für den PREMIERE JETIX KIDS CUP 2006. Bis zu 16 Nationen werden Anfang Juli 2006 zum Internationalen Finale des weltweit ausgetragenen Kinderfußball-Events im Münchener Olympiastadion anreisen - darunter Italien, Spanien, Frankreich, Großbritannien, Brasilien und Israel. Mit dem JETIX KIDS CUP wird das UNICEF-Projekt "Schulen für Afrika" unterstützt. Weitere Informationen gibt es unter www.jetixTV.de/fussball.
Zahlreiche Sender wollen zudem den UNICEF-Fernsehspot zum Internationalen Kinder-Fernsehtag ausstrahlen, darunter RBB, MDR, Premiere/JETIX, Giga TV, Terranova, Fernsehen aus Berlin und Center TV. Die ARD zeigt den Spot am 11. Dezember vor der Tagesschau.
UNICEF und die amerikanische Fernsehakademie NATA (International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts und Sciences) haben den Internationalen Kinder-Fernsehtag 1992 ins Leben gerufen, um mit Hilfe der Medien das Bewusstsein für die Anliegen von Kindern zu schärfen. Die besten Beiträge werden mit einem "Sonder-Emmy" belohnt. Im vergangenen Jahr gewann ATN Bangla aus Bangladesh die begehrte Trophäe. Zum ersten Mal vergeben NATAS und UNICEF dieses Jahr auch acht regionale Preise an TV-Stationen, die das Hauptthema des ICDB am besten darstellen.
Bei Rückfragen wenden Sie sich bitte an UNICEF, Julia Hagn, Tel.: 0221/93650-237.

ICDB in Botswana

All broadcasters in Botswana (three radio stations and one TV station) will celebrate ICDB this year. From November 30, two child presenters have been "shadowing" Radio Botswana presenters to be prepared for ICDB (Sunday, Dec 11) when they will be doing studio interviews with local sports celebraties and fielding calls in a phone-in programme with other kids.
For more information, contact Kutloano Lydia Leshomo at UNICEF in Botswana.

Jordanian teenagers given airtime to speak out on AIDS and violence

AMMAN, 4 December (IRIN) - Jordanian adolescents have been given the chance to speak on local and satellite television channels about critical issues, related to World AIDS Day and ahead of International Children's Day of Broadcasting.
Some 25 young people, aged 12 to 17, have been working with UNICEF, in cooperation with the Jordanian government, to produce and broadcast a series of television programmes aimed at young audiences. Participants, coming from the capital Amman and the city of Zarqa in the east of the country, have researched, planned and produced a handful of shows focusing on contentious issues, such as HIV/AIDS and violence against children. A portion of airtime is also devoted to lighter issues, such as sports.
"It was a great experience," said 16 year-old Amal al-Emlah. "We had the chance to express ourselves and speak about the problems we face." Al-Emlah explained that she and other project participants researched cases related to abuse and neglect. "We hope that we can help through our shows," she added.
The programme, called "Our Time has Come," will give young people the chance "to say what they want, in the manner they want," explained UNICEF spokesperson in Amman Hind Lara-Mango. The first episode was aired on local Jordanian television and on its sister satellite channel on 2 December, with two more to be broadcast every Friday at the same time for the following two weeks. Episodes feature discussions about critical issues and conversations with abused children. The show will be also include cameos by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, such as Egyptian actor Mahmoud Kabil and British footballer David Beckham. The last episode will coincide with the International Children's Day of Broadcasting on 11 December, when participants will go live to evaluate their experiences, host guest speakers and take phone calls from viewers.
The International Children's Day of Broadcasting is commemorated every year. UNICEF encourages broadcasters to open their studios to young people, with the aim of airing programming presented from children's perspectives.

Palestinians soak up soap opera - By Martin Patience, USA TODAY
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - A male suitor has approached Zein's family in this West Bank town to ask for her hand. Some family members have accepted the proposal, but Zein, 15, insists she's too young and doesn't want to get engaged.
How will the problem be resolved? Tune in for the next installment of Seriously Joking, the first Palestinian television soap opera. Produced by Bethlehem TV, a Palestinian production company based in the West Bank town best known as the biblical birthplace of Jesus, the 13-part nighttime drama is aimed at Palestinians in their teens and 20s.

Violence Against Children in Cyberspace (ECPAT International)
Weak laws and fragmented industry action is exposing children around the world to increasingly serious violence through the Internet and other cyber technologies, according to a new report released today.
The report, Violence Against Children in Cyberspace, says violence against children through new technologies is pervasive, causes deep and lasting physical and psychological damage to the child victims, and is outstripping the resources of law enforcement agencies.
Violence Against Children in Cyberspace was written by ECPAT International with leading experts around the world as a contribution to the UN Study on Violence Against Children. The report draws together the latest knowledge on cyber violence against children and outlines an agenda for action, including greater industry action and stronger national legislations harmonised to international standards.

HIV/AIDS in the Documentaries by Young African TV Producers
Paris, December 1, 2005 - 12 young television producers from Francophone Africa met on 22-27 November 2005 in Bordeaux, France to edit and finalize their short TV documentaries depicting views and opinion about HIV and AIDS from their respective countries of origin.
The programmes make up part of a collection to be shared globally with TV broadcasters as the first international distribution of productions initiated through the Global Network of Young TV Producers on HIV and AIDS workshop series.

Peace Tiles World AIDS Day Art Actions
The purpose of the Peace Tiles World AIDS Day Art Actions is to engage children and youth globally in the co-production of two thrilling permanent art installations that will be co-sited and installed, one at "ground zero" for children and AIDS and the other at UNAIDS (or equivalent venue; unconfirmed), on World AIDS Day 2005. AIDS "ground zero" is the place on earth where the greatest number of children are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Artists, activists and concerned community members are passionately encouraged and welcome to convene or support an AIDS-related Peace Tiles workshop in advance of World AIDS Day, and to contribute some or all of the tiles to the international mural effort. Ideas include partnering with a pediatric AIDS service organization or match existing workshops with needed resources.

Youth Volunteers Tell their Stories in Pictures
Youth between 15 and 24 represent the largest and fastest growing segment of those infected with HIV. But they don’t need to be passive victims of this disease – they can play an active and critical role in a community’s response to HIV/AIDS. To commemorate the work of young people this World AIDS Day on December 1, we asked youth volunteers working with Save the Children in Ethiopia to document their work combating HIV/AIDS in their community.

Bosnia and Herzegovina - SMS campaign reaches 1.3 million people

A celebration for young peer educators on HIV prevention
in Bosnia and Herzegovina © UNICEF/BiH/2005

Sarajevo, 1 December 2005: UNICEF has teamed up with Bosnia and Herzegovina's main telecom operators to launch the UNICEF/UNAIDS Global campaign Unite for children, Unite against AIDS.
To mark World AIDS Day, BH Telecom and RS Telecom are sending a generic SMS message to a total of 1.3 million mobile phone subscribers and an e-mail message to their 70,000 internet subscribers. Telephone users will also find campaign messages on the back of their invoices.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham © UNICEF/ HQ05-0081/John McConnico
The UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign received a tremendous boost today – World AIDS Day – as six new major celebrities lent their support to the global initiative.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Amitabh Bachchan, David Beckham and Whoopi Goldberg joined UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and UNICEF Ireland Ambassadors Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan to add their voices to the global campaign on children and AIDS in special television messages.
As some of the world’s most popular and recognizable faces on the screen, on the football pitch and on the concert stage, the public service announcements (PSAs) by these high-profile celebrities will focus the world’s attention on the plight of millions children affected by HIV and AIDS.


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