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October 2006

Uzbek teenagers produce OneMinuteJr videos

From October 23-27, nineteen Uzbek teenagers participated in a OneMinutesJr in the Uzbek capital Tashkent. Organized by UNICEF Uzbekistan in cooperation with the European Cultural Foundation and the Sandberg Institute, the workshop focused children's rights and their dreams and expectations.
Click here to watch some of the films
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Newspaper project for young people gets top honors
A major Indian newspaper has received international honors for a project that promotes news readership among young people and encourages them to try out journalism.
The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has named the Times of India the 2006 World Young Reader Newspaper of the Year.

Youth Radio offers more than just broadcast experience
D'Mariey Johnson, 15, always knew he had a knack for writing. He also knew he wanted to be a broadcaster. But the Richmond teen didn't know where to go to get the skills until about a year ago, when an organization called Youth Radio set up shop and held lessons at his apartment complex, the Barrett's Housing Project.
Today, Johnson teaches students how to write and webcast radio commentary at Youth Radio in Berkeley.
"The area I live in is straight up violence, [Youth Radio] is something to get out of the way. You can go forward in life," said Johnson, who recently received a peer leadership award for his community service from Northern California Grantmakers' Association, a philanthropic association of foundations and corporate sponsors.

Youth journalists interview Burundi?s President Pierre Nkurunziza on key issues
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 17 October 2006 - Despite his government#s cautious relations with private radio stations and journalists, President Pierre Nkurunziza last week granted a one-hour candid interview to 14 child journalists and warmly praised UNICEF for training the youths.
UNICEF Burundi initiated the training of child journalists in December 2005 for the International Children?s Day of Broadcasting, a joint project of UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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Tracing Europe - photo contest
Whether you read your daily newspaper, listen to the radio, watch TV or surf the internet ? Europe is omnipresent, but still far away. At first sight Europe may not seem to affect you, not part of your everyday life or touch you personally.
However Europe is not just politics, but more importantly about people, culture, monuments, clothing etc...
What is Europe in your eyes? What is your conception of Europe? Where can you trace Europe in everyday life, in your personal surroundings, in your city, in your university or family?
You can uncover Europe with a picture!

‘Eye See’ photo project spotlights the views of young earthquake survivors in Pakistan
To mark the one-year anniversary of northern Pakistan’s devastating earthquake, UNICEF has launched the ‘Eye See II’ photo project, a special initiative to highlight the unique experiences and needs of children in the quake’s aftermath.
An exhibition of photos from the project opened today at UNICEF's New York headquarters and in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Twenty-one children from areas that were hard-hit by the earthquake attended the Islamabad event. There they met Pakistan’s President, General Pervez Musharraf, who toured the exhibit as part of the earthquake anniversary observance.
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New Disney Rules Limit Character Use in Kids' Foods
The Walt Disney Co. on Monday unveiled new licensing guidelines limiting most representation of its characters in children's foods to healthier offerings.
The move is one of the biggest efforts yet from marketers and media companies, who have come under increasing attack by lawmakers who say such marketing is contributing to increased childhood obesity, charges the companies vociferously deny. Some consumer groups called for Disney to go further and impose limits on the kinds of kids' food products that can be advertised on the ABC Network.
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Violence through the eyes of teenagers

© UNICEF/Chris Schuepp/2006 - Filming of a bullying scene for one of OneMinutesJr videos at the workshop in Tirana.
"What does violence look like, what does violence feel like? And how do we show it in a minute?"
October 5 2006 - These questions are on the minds of 21 teenagers from Albania this week. They have met in the Marubi Film School to produce OneMinuteJr films on different forms of violence against children. Supported by UNICEF Albania, the teenagers and their trainers will spend five days writing, filming and editing their stories. They will be ready in time for the launch of the UN Study on Violence against Children next week (October 11/12, 2006). The films will open the national launch event for the global UN study in the capital Tirana.

Storytelling takes a new form in North-East Delhi
"I never thought I would be able to make a film" said 16-year-old Farzana Malik. She and other young girls from Seelampur and Ballimaran ICT Centers, in North-East Delhi recently participated in a six-day digital storytelling workshop.
The participants of the event that was organized by UNESCO in association with Datamation Foundation Charitable Trust as part of the Finding a Voice project, were trained by Sheela Sethuraman, Executive Director of Eduweave, USA.
The digital storytelling workshop was a unique initiative for spreading awareness and information through visual media in the community. The prime aim of this workshop was to use the power of storytelling in combination with computer technology to help voiceless women raise issues and share their personal experiences. Another goal was to identify master trainers among youth who could mentor and provide training to other interested community members.
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Un minuto por mis derechos

After 5 months of friendly meetings, deep reflections and hard collective work, the 450 young people who are participating in the 2006 edition of un minuto por mis derechos in Argentina are already editing more than 70 videos.
With the help of 25 facilitators formed in media production and human rights, all of them gathered in the 18 workshops developed in 8 Argentinean provinces from North to South. Although many miles separate these children from one another, all are joined in one common aim: Be able to express their thoughts, dreams, rights, realities and give a clear message in an artistic way. The 2006 productions will be presented in a big show in the imágenes jóvenes cinema festival, that will take place on october 10 th in Gaumont Cinema, one of the most traditional in Buenos Aires City.

UN MINUTO POR MIS DERECHOS es una iniciativa impulsada por UNICEF que, en Argentina, es promovida por la oficina local y llevada adelante por la Fundación Kine, Cultural y Educativa.
El proyecto convoca a adolescentes entre 14 y 21 años a expresarse de forma creativa y amplia sobre sus derechos a través del lenguaje audiovisual y mediante la realización de videos de 1 minuto de duración.

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