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July 2006

Norwegian newspaper looking for "Voices of Children"
The second biggest newspaper in Norway, Aftenposten, have a daily page where young people between 13 and 18 years can write about their opinions, thoughts, meanings etc.
On August 12th we want to celebrate the international youth day by letting youth from all over the world tell us about their lives. But we need to get in contact with young people writing us their opinions. They can write whatever they like, but here are some ideas:

  • Describe a normal day in your life
  • Write about your dreams
  • What did you think about waking up this morning?
  • How do you see the world when you are 20 years older than today, how is your life?

The letters will be translated into Norwegian - the texts must not be longer than 800 signs. Pictures are also needed and should not exceed 700 pk.
Send your submissions to liv.skotheim@aftenposten.no before August 9, 2006.

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - Day of General Discussion
On September 15, 2006, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will hold a Day of General Discussion in Geneva. The topic of the day is "The Right of the Child to be Heard"
More info - PDF one-pager

In Aceh, Indonesia, children’s video diaries document their lives after the tsunami

© UNICEF video - A young boy in a camp in Meulaboh, Indonesia learns how to tell his story using a video camera in the UNICEF-supported ‘Hello Video’ project.
NEW YORK, USA, 13 July 2006 – At the sprawling Meulaboh camp in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Syahrul, 12, focuses his video camera on a budding yellow flower. Syahrul is one of thousands of Acehnese children living in camps for people displaced by the December 2004 tsunami.
Through a UNICEF-sponsored project called ‘Hello Video’, Academy Award-nominated director Riri Reza and a team of young Indonesian filmmakers are teaching children like Syahrul the art of film. So far, 33 Acehnese children in eight UNICEF child centres in Meulaboh and Banda Aceh have participated in workshops organized by the project.

Junior 8 Summit in St. Petersburg
Watch the photo essay

New versions added
The Hindi version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been added to the MAGIC resources. Also available are now child-friendly versions in Russian and Turkmen.

G8 Leaders Meet Junior 8 Children and listen to their recommendations

© UNICEF Russia/2006/Svirid - Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with young leaders of the Junior 8 Youth Forum outside St. Petersburg, Russia.
Week of Deliberations, Including Talks with Young People from the Developing World Culminates in Half Hour Meeting with World Leaders.
ST.PETERBURG, Russian Federation, July 16, 2006: The children of the Junior 8 today met the G8 leaders who heard their views on what they think should be done to make the world a better place for children.

Young people 'demonised by media'
Young people feel "demonised" by politicians and the media, a report by two youth charities suggests. Nearly 750 young people completed an online poll for the British Youth Council (BYC) and YouthNet.
Eighty per cent believed unfair portrayal in the media led to strained relations with older generations. The charities say the report is the first step in a campaign to get across young people's views on the government's "Respect" agenda.
The report by Lucja Wisniewska and Lucie Harris of YouthNet and Clare Oliver of BYC will be debated at a seminar in London on Tuesday attended by young people's representatives, politicians and journalists.

Invitación Especial - Niñez y Adolecencia en la Prensa
El Capítulo Infancia de Periodismo Social presenta este miércoles 19 de julio su segundo informe anual "Niñez y Adolescencia en la Prensa Argentina", una investigación sobre la cobertura de 12 diarios nacionales y provinciales basada en el monitoreo de casi 30 mil noticias publicadas durante 2005.

  • Cuánto y cómo hablan los diarios sobre los niñas, niños y adolescentes
  • Cuáles son los temas más tratados cuando se informa sobre niñez
  • Cuáles son las fuentes que más influyen en las notas sobre chicas y chicos
  • Cómo mejorar la cobertura y promover los derechos de niños, niñas y adolescentes
  • Cómo pueden aliarse los medios y la sociedad civil a favor de los chicos
  • Cómo hacer de la niñez una prioridad del debate y de las políticas públicas

Este segundo informe anual del Capítulo Infancia responde estos
interrogantes. Los invitamos a la presentación, con la asistencia de representantes de la prensa, de organizaciones, de Instituciones públicas y de los socios estratégicos (UNICEF,Fundación Arcor, Fundación C&A) y el sponsor principal (Repsol YPF) que apoyan nuestro proyecto.
Los esperamos este miércoles 19, a las 14.00, en la sala González Tuñón, del Centro Cultural de la Cooperación (CCC), en Avenida Corrientes 1543.

Armenian Journal: Youth activist empowers peers through journalism
By Timothy Spence, Knight International Press Fellow
As a child living in Soviet Armenia, Arthur Ghazaryan read the weekly newspaper for young communist Pioneers. Later, as a high school student in the newly independent country, Ghazaryan and his classmates started a newspaper - writing their copy by hand because there were no computers available.
Today, the energetic 26-year-old youth leader is preparing to publish the second edition of a tabloid-size newspaper geared toward young people in the northeastern town of Dilijan. It is part of a larger project sponsored by the nongovernmental Academy for Educational Development, or AED, to create print- and Web-based information outlets for youth groups in Armenia's rural regions.

Kids Press Club visits Modhesh City
Dubai Press Club (DPC) organised a day-long field trip to Modhesh City as part of its summer media programme, Kids Press Club (KPC), with the aim of providing children with enriching learning experiences in an informal ambience.

MySpace to launch internet child safety campaign
MySpace, the youth social networking portal owned by News Corporation, is to unveil an internet survival guide starring '24' actor Kiefer Sutherland, aimed at parents to promote internet safety for children.
The centrepiece of the campaign, which was created by Common Sense Media, features Sutherland urging parents to closely monitor their children's internet usage.
Common Sense Media is providing a dedicated website, where parents can access a downloadable guide to safe internet usage and safety tip cards aimed at teenagers.

Graffiti against Drugs Abuse in Sofia
Young graffiti writers gathered in Sofia for a graffiti weekend dedicated to the International Day against Drug Abuse - June 26. The event was part of the youth initiative Teens for Teens and is took place in Sofia's Borisova garden. Students from the Hristo Botev school and the American College in Sofia organized the event. They had invited students from Bulgarian cities Plovdiv, Dupnits and Pernik as well as all volunteers from Sofia to join them in writing against drug abuse.
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