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PROJECTS / VIDEOS
World Philharmonic Youth Orchestra produced a music video clip
to celebrate the UN 60th Anniversary. It was arranged, recorded
and developed by talented young people from around the world. The
clip is available worldwide to all broadcasters free of charge.
FROM THE MAKING OF
For more information, please contact Rüdiger Schramm, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure kids are savvy about advertising
The holiday shopping season is well under way, and that means advertisers
are working overtime to grab your children's attention - and your
The average child views as many as 40,000 commercials a year, while
the average 3-year-old recognizes 100 different brand logos.
Dr. Robert Reiher, co-author of "Kidnapped: How Irresponsible
Marketers are Stealing the Minds of Your Children," says methods
like adver-gaming, which links games to advertisers' Web sites,
are increasingly popular. And if there's a film coming out, "they'll
have a line of products to go along with the movie," he says.
New youth and children library opens in Addis Ababa
Up to 50,000 young people living in Addis Ababa's Kirkos area can
now use the "Impact Children and Youth Library" that opened
with a ceremony and all-day book drive on Saturday 26 November.
UNESCO has supported this initiative by providing funding for equipping
the library's computer lab and audio-visual centre as well as supporting
the ongoing training of library staff in the use of ICT and software
tools such as CDS/ISIS and Greenstone Digital Library Suite.
The library which is operated by Impact Library, an Ethiopian NGO,
seeks to serve as a learning center which through its programmes
can contribute to enhancing the educational achievement of its patrons
and address development issues. Impact Library is seeking to achieve
this by making learning a rewarding and enriching experience and
creating an environment conducive to learning and which provides
information in a manner accessible to its audience.
By offering a range of useful and interactive learning activities
that incorporate multimedia tools they intend to capture, stimulate
and hold the interest of children and youth and over time contribute
to positive social changes among this age group. The activities
planned include youth forums on issues such as health, citizenship
and careers; after-school educational activities such as computer
and Internet training courses, assistance with homework as well
as the screening of films documentaries and children videos.
This center is the first one to be operated by Impact Library. The
lessons learnt from this pilot project are expected to guide the
expansion and scale-up of this model to other parts of Ethiopia.
Youth TV reports on HIV-AIDS
A teenage team from the Dumaguete Bureau of the Kabataan News
Network reported recently on cases of HIV/AIDS in Oriental Negros
and what local organizations are doing to stop the spread of the
The segment titled "Magdalena" features how a local reproductive
health clinic gathered female sex workers in the province to become
HIV/AIDS education advocates. The group calls themselves the "Magdalena
Produced by the KNN Dumaguete Bureau's young team, the segment also
tackles sexually transmitted infections that a person can get from
unprotected sex, and how these can be avoided. A project of the
Unicef Philippines and Probe Media Foundation, KNN is the country's
only TV program produced, written and directed by young Filipinos
aged 15 to 18, from various provinces nationwide.
Simpsons row heads to European Court of Human Rights
A Russian lawyer plans to take his case against The Simpsons to
the European Court of Human Rights. It comes after a Moscow Court
rejected Igor Smykov's appeal to have the show banned from Russian
Mr Smykov wanted to have the cartoon series taken off the air in
Russia, or at least shown at a later time, claiming it promoted
drugs, violence and homosexuality.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY OF BROADCASTING
Egyptian TV wins International Children's Day of Broadcasting
A UNICEF VIDEO ABOUT THE AWARD CEREMONY
Egyptian TV won the International Children's Day of Broadcasting
(ICDB) award at the 33rd International Emmy Awards Gala on Monday
night. The special prize is awarded every year by the International
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and UNICEF.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Danny Glover from the United States
and Nawal Al Moutawakil from Morocco presented the award to Head
of Egyptian TV's Family Channel Raweya Rashed and director Oliver
Wilkins at a star-studded ceremony at the New York Hilton.
"This is for the Egyptian children," Raweya Rashed said
as she accepted the ICDB award.
Egyptian TV was voted as having the best programming on the International
Children's Day of Broadcasting on December 12, 2004. The theme was
"Help Build a Safer World for Children" and Egyptian TV's
film "The Rebellion of the Canes" documented a group of
children producing their own cartoon satirizing corporal punishment.
In it, the teachers' canes come to life and discover a world beyond
Egyptian TV was selected from a list of eight regional ICDB prize
winners which included TVE Brazil, ATN Bangla from Bangladesh, CCTV
China, Denmark's Radio Denmark, ETV Ethiopia, NTA Nigeria and Yangi
A SHORT "MAKING OF"
Teenager from Moldova wins International Video Festival
OneMinutesJr Award winners 2005 (Ionela Costachi
(left) from Moldova and Andreas Ohman (center) from Sweden - www.theoneminutesjr.org
Chisinau, November 15, 2005: Ionela Costachi (15) from Moldova has
won the Tommy Award of the International One-Minutes Video Festival,
in the Inside-Out junior category.
According to the TheOneMinutesJr.org site, “Ionela Costachi
from Moldova won because of her video's simplicity and strong social
message. She was able to bring across the important consequences
of migration in an honest and sincere way”. Akram Zaatari,
a renowned video artist from Lebanon, jury member for the Junior
category, selected her video “because of its pureness”.
Ionela’s video presents, using a 360 degree camera rotation,
an empty room in a traditional Moldovan house, echoing with voices
of its former inhabitants – laughter, discussions, sounds
of joy, etc. When the camera stops, the emptiness of the room becomes
Egyptian children's animation documentary nominated for prestigious
Cairo, November 14, 2005: A documentary film showcasing
the work of young Egyptian animation film-makers has been nominated
for an award at next week's International Emmy Awards Gala in New
The Rebellion of the Canes, produced by UNICEF Egypt, is among eight
entries for the prestigious International Children's Day of Broadcasting
Award. The film was screened on Egypt Television's Family and Child
Channel to coincide with ICDB in December 2004. Other nominees include
entries from China, Brazil, Denmark, and Nigeria.
Rebellion of the Canes (www.rebellionofthecanes.com)
follows a group of Egyptian children who use simple video-making
techniques to produce animation stories on themes related to children's
rights - including one satirizing the use of corporal punishment
in Egyptian schools. Earlier this year, the film was honoured at
the Cairo International Film Festival for Children.
Attending the Gala ceremony in New York will be the Director of
the Family and Child Channel, Raweya Rashed, and the director of
the Rebellion of the Canes, British film-maker, Oliver Wilkins.
UNICEF Egypt will mark this year's International Children's Day
of Broadcasting (ICDB) on 11 December with an event promoting a
new pilot television programme, entitled "Sotna" (Our
Further info: Simon Ingram,
UNICEF OneMinutesJr workshop & photography masterclass starts
with teenagers on the Maldives
Children from the Maledives filming a scene
for a OneMinuteJr
Chris Schuepp / 2005
30 children and young people from the capital Male and a number
of other islands in the Maldives are participating in the workshops
organized by UNICEF. The young people aged between 11 and 23 are
taking photographs on Male and will produce 20 OneMinutesJr (60-second
films) by the end of the project this coming weekend.
The workshop results will be the highlight of an open air presentation
on Monday, November 14th, at the Youth Center in the capital. The
results will then also be online at MAGIC and the OneMinutesJr
Azerbaijan: Kids Crossroads brings hope to young people
Azerbaijan team of Kids' Crossroads - UNICEF
Young people from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia express their
dreams, fears and plans through a youth-produced TV programme
Gathered in the news room of Internews in Baku, Azerbaijan, a group
of young journalists are discussing ideas for the next Kids' Crossroads
programme to be broadcast across the countries of the South Caucasus;
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
"How about a story on Internet clubs and how video games affect
young people?" asks Vugar Safarov, a 16 year-old journalist
and web designer. "Lots of young people spend free time in
the Internet clubs, some of them can get very addicted to the computers
and the world of the video games," he adds while writing something
in his note book. "Or how about featuring plastic arts dance?
It looks very beautiful visually," he adds biting the top of
Launched in 2004 Kids' Crossroads is a three-year scheme funded
by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Internews
Azerbaijan and UNICEF.
Made by young people aged 14-16 who may one day become journalists,
the programme aims to promote peace and understanding between the
three countries of the South Caucasus.
Athena Media launches 'Get With IT'
A parents' guide to new media: understanding and sharing the
new media technologies with your children
Read the booklet here
UNICEF “Young Journalists” Hit the Streets of Myanmar
Media By Children For Children
UNICEF’s Young Journalists in Yangon, Myanmar - © Myo
Thame / 2005
Yangon, 27 October 2005 – UNICEF Myanmar has trained
a dozen “young journalists” between 12 and 17 years
of age who will be placed with eight of the leading private print
publications in Yangon.
The young journalists were trained in basic reporting concepts,
interviewing techniques, photography, story writing and media ethics.
They were then teamed with seasoned reporters, also trained by UNICEF,
who will provide the young people with guidance, and help foster
their development as journalists.
Throughout many parts of the world, children and children’s
issues only comprise a very small proportion of overall media coverage,
and quotes from children rarely make it into print.
“This is one way we hope to give young people in Myanmar an
opportunity to share their ideas with wider audiences,” said
UNICEF Representative Carroll Long, “and it’s a wonderful
opportunity for young people to demonstrate just how much they are
For its first group of young journalists, UNICEF selected young
people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have a unique insight
into the challenges children in Myanmar face. Many said they found
inspiration in this experience.
Young journalist Pan Ei Zar from Mynamar interviewing
a student at the School of the Blind for her first story - ©
Myo Thame / 2005
“Before the training, I didn’t even know what being
a journalist was about,” said one 14-year-old participant.
“Now I have learned lots of valuable things, especially media
ethics, which is my favorite lesson of the training. I’ll
never forget to seek the truth as a reporter.”
UNICEF’s young journalists will write articles for private
publications in Myanmar, focusing on newsworthy issues that are
relevant to them and other children.
“Young people’s ideas are valuable, worthy of respect,
and should be heard,” said Carroll Long. “While adults
have an important role to play in educating children, we should
never forget that children can teach us much about life as well.”
Minors from Lipcani penitentiary in Moldova publish their own newspaper
Chisinau (MD), October 25. The first issue of the newspaper AerZona
of minor detainees from the penitentiary based in the city of Lipcani,
was published last weekend. This is the first newspaper published
by a detention institution in Moldova.
Contacted by BASA, Valeriu Carlasciuc, chief of the Lipcani prison,
said that the publication has an educational and information purpose.
"The first issue of the newspaper has eight pages in format
A4, it contains interviews, works and pictures of detainees, entertainment
materials and articles about activity of institution, which objectively
covers the life and events happening there. The editorial team comprises
ten minor detainees who appointed a chief-editor, a photographer
and a model maker, while representatives of penitentiary assist
them in the process of editing of newspaper," Carlasciuc noted.
He announced that a radio studio will start working in this penitentiary
by late 2005. Detainees and representatives of penitentiary administration
will work out the materials for radio and newspaper within a series
of seminars held by professional journalists from Moldova.
AerZona and the future radio station are part of a project financed
by UNICEF and implemented by the Youth Media Centre and Institute
for Penal Reforms.
The only detention institution for minors in Moldova, the Lipcani-based
penitentiary holds about 100 minors under 18.
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