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International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) -
Help build a safer world - Sunday, 12 December 2004
For this year's International Children's Day of Broadcasting,
we encourage broadcasters to help children learn and tell other
children, and adults, about how to help build a protective environment
in their community. Children have the right to live in a safe world.
Everyone must play a part in creating a safer world.
Os sem Playstation - Emir Sader (in Portuguese only)
Aproxima-se mais um Dia das Crianças. Antes que a mídia
projete as cenas de compra nos shopping centers, vale a pena chamar
um pouco a atenção sobre as crianças que não
possuem Playstation, nem o 1, nem o 2. Estas são, aliás
a grande maioria das crianças.
Kids channel Hungama TV to be launched on Sunday
Leading production house United Television (UTV) will
launch its first hindi entertainment channel for children,
Hungama TV here on Sunday (September 26, 2004). The 24-hour channel
will be targeted at children in the age group of four and fourteen
drama, adventure, game
shows, comedy, animation and movies, a statement said today.
ideology is to provide quality entertainment for kids where they
will have a platform to share their viewpoints
and provide wholesome entertainment. UTV has floated a separate company
United Home Entertainment, which is a holding company for Hungama
''With Hungama TV we plan to bridge the long standing gap of an
original Hindi channel in the kids entertainment space,'' CEO UTV
Ronnie Screwvala said.
Iraqi youth reporter describes life during war
NShayan is UNICEF's new youth reporter
in Iraq. She 17 years old and lives in Baghdad. Earlier this year
on UNICEF's Voices of Youth web discussion forum, a teenager from
Iceland asked what living through a war is like.
Shayan answered, sparking off an interesting discussion.
radio interview Shayan speaks from Baghdad, describing in her own
words what life is like during a time of war (mp3 format). Shayan
speaks Arabic, English, French and Kurdish. She wants to be a dentist
or journalist and hopes to study abroad. Shayan plans
to provide more reports in the near future.
Voices of Youth is
an interactive website for young people to explore, join in discussions
and take action on issues that are
important for them.
Television Workshop "You, Me and HIV/AIDS" Concluded
The Southern Africa sub-regional television and networking workshop "You,
Me and HIV/AIDS" ended on Sunday in Johannesburg, South Africa
following a week-long exercise in television pre- and post-production
techniques. The objective of the workshop was to engage young producers
with a new vision in television production and promote a culture
of understanding, tolerance, and respect especially for people
living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The workshop proved to be a
unique and remarkable experience both for the participating young
producers, aged 21-29, as well as for
the technical and social trainers. The focus on HIV/AIDS was important
especially because many of the producers had not yet encountered
a level of exposure that could fully bring them to grips with the
reality of the pandemic. Sinzanani Village, which hosts an HIV/AIDS
hospice and a care center for orphans among other things, was the
perfect location to bring the producers to this realization.
Exciting times for children's TV brands
To an outsider the world of
children's television may seem a cosy and familiar universe, if a
little boisterous at times. Characters like Hit Entertainment's Bob
the Builder have gone beyond their popularity with children to become
part of the national
consciousness, releasing records and achieving a cult following.
Meanwhile, the Teletubbies have recently been named among the 50
most influential UK television shows.
Sarajevo Conference 2004 - Making Europe and Central Asia fit
for children - Final report now online
Hosted by the Governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany,
the Second Intergovernmental Conference on Making Europe and Central
Asia Fit for Children (Sarajevo, 13-15 May, 2004) focused on
five areas for priority action: investing in children; children
borders; violence against children; social exclusion; and cities
fit for children.
REPORT (pdf - 380 KB)
ON THE CONFERENCE GOALS
A YOUTH PARTICIPANT'S VIEW
AWARDS / OPPORTUNITIES
Youth Watch Award: Go to West Africa
The Pan African Film & Television Festival is looking to
send one youth video producer of African heritage to a major
ceremony in Africa. This young person will be the winner of the
Youth Watch Award that is part of the Paul Robeson Awards Initiative.
The winning video or film production will be screened in Africa
at FESPACO, and the winner will get to travel to Ouagadougou,
Burkina Faso in West Africa to attend and receive the award Founded
1969 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa, FESPACO is the
Pan African Film & Television Festival of Ouagadougou, Burkina
Recovering from Ivan: Puppets, stories and
songs help children cope
Ivan struck the island nation of Grenada, it left thousands of
children homeless and in need of help. UNICEF and other UN agencies
are helping.and their efforts involve more than getting relief
supplies to those who need them.
On Monday, a unique psychosocial
programme called 'Return to Happiness' (RTH) will begin in Grenada.
RTH focuses on children who are presently
living in shelters or who experienced serious distress from the
hurricane. The RTH programme takes children through the process
of psychological recovery following catastrophic events.
are ready to do what it takes to make sure that these children are
protected and their rights to health and security
are respected," said UNICEF Representative for Barbados and
Eastern Caribbean Jean Gough.
Two UNICEF staff arrived in Grenada
shortly after Ivan hit, in order to set up the RTH programme. The
programme is for children
from 6 to 14 years of age; the workshops continue for four weeks.
At least 600 children will participate in the first round. Overall,
UNICEF hopes to reach 10,000 children with this effort. RTH uses
puppets, a family of rag dolls, stories and songs to help children
overcome their pain.
Commercial breakthrough - Discussing adverts can help your children
become more sceptical, says Frank Furedi
Parents regard television as a mixed blessing. Toddlers
are so easily distracted by the box that many mothers and fathers
it as a surrogate baby-sitter - a big brother to their more junior
offspring. Letting your child watch, say, Teletubbies first thing
in the morning can mean an extra half hour's sleep. Little wonder,
that more than 30 per cent of four-year-old children have a television
in their bedroom. Even less wonder that television has become
such a part of our children's way of life.
As most parents know only too
well, youngsters pick up a lot of ideas from the magic box. Television
advertisements targeted at
very young audiences have become an important part of the culture
of childhood. According to one recently published US study, the
average American child is exposed to more than 40,000 TV commercials
we like it or not, commercials play an active role in the socialisation
of our children. They shape their desires and aspirations and
influence their language.
International Day of Peace
The theme of this year's International Day of Peace -- peace
through sports -- emphasizes the importance that sports play in
establishing a world of friendship and cooperation among nations.
Games, the most renowned sport event in the world, have been recognized
in many UN resolutions for the contribution they make to building
a more peaceful world. As Secretary-General Kofi Annan pointed
out in his message to the 27th Olympiad in Sydney Australia, "...Olympic
ideals are also United Nations ideals: tolerance, equality, fair
play and, most of all, peace."
MORE INFO ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
2004 World Young Reader Prize
The Paris-based World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has awarded
newspapers in India and Australia with its 2004 World Young Reader
Prize, which recognizes newspapers that devise the most innovative
projects to develop young readers.
The Indian winner is The Telegraph
in Schools (TTIS) - a weekly newspaper distributed by the English-language
daily The Telegraph.
TTIS is a 16-page color newspaper geared towards students in primary
and secondary schools. 17,000 copies of the paper are handed out
to 278 schools every week around Calcutta.
TTIS is written by and
for young people. It employs 600 reporters between 10 and 18 years
old, and organizes a variety of activities
and clubs for young people in the region. In 2004, for example,
it helped to send a group of young people to Pakistan as goodwill
ambassadors who later wrote about their experiences for the paper.
shares the 2004 prize with the West Australian, an initiative designed
to give students insight into different countries and
current events by using the travel and general news sections of
" The West Australian offered schools a fun way to learn about
the world that highlights the travel section, a part of the newspaper
rarely used in newspapers in education programs, and provided a
cost-effective approach for the project that doubled sales to schools," said
WAN also awarded Jury Commendations to La Vanguardia
in Mexico and the Chaniotika Nea in Greece. Special Mention awards
collectively to newspapers of Brazil for their range of activities
dedicated to young readers and to three newspapers in Eastern Europe:
Eesti Express in Estonia, Diena in Latvia, and Panon Press Association
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE AWARD WINNERS
Raunchy TV shows are encouraging teenagers to have sex, new research
Sexed-up shows such as The O.C, Sex and the City, Friends,
Neighbours and Home and Away can double a teenager's likelihood
sex, the study shows.
Adolescents exposed to sex on TV are also more likely to initiate
other forms of sexual activity.
Batken is famous for rocky soil, apricots...and Radio Salam
By Galina Solodunova (UNICEF Kyrgyzstan)
Now and then an ominous mixture of mud, rocks and water the height
of a man blocks the road. Windscreen wipers can't cope with the
pouring rain and hail, and vehicles grind to a halt. In some
places, drivers rush from their vehicles to help clear the road.
A journey from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, to the southern
province of Batken that should take three hours takes seven in
the stormy summer of 2004.
Batken province, the poorest province
in Kyrgyzstan, is not an easy place to reach or to live. Natural
disasters and inclement
weather do little to help. But the rocky soil does nourish lush
gardens of apricots in the pockets of flat land surrounded by
mountains. For local people, Batken means rocky soil, apricots
Salam. Who are the most respected people in Batken? Locals list
the sculptor Torgunbai Sydykov, Askar Shadiev, Governor of the
province, and Maksuda Aitieva, Director of Radio Salam.
cheerfully divide the history of Batken in two eras: before and
after Radio Salam began to broadcast. Radio Salam
came to life on 12 April three years ago with support from UNICEF
in partnership with Internews and the International Tolerance Foundation.
UNICEF continues to support this radio station, which tackles the
concerns of young people.
War in Children's Television
Children today are increasingly aware
of such events as the war in Iraq in 2003 and the terror attacks
of September 11, 2000, not
least due to their high media presence. In this day and age, attempting
to shield them from these topics, the approach advocated in the
USA during the war in Iraq, is an unrealistic aim. For in an increasingly
global world even crises and catastrophes that take place in countries
thousands of miles away do become a topic in children's daily lives.
What is the meaning of this development?
Back to School and Gaming Kids
Back to school for many kids means "back to
internet access" in classes where the best of filtering software
is not foolproof, particularly against seemingly harmless websites
used for invasive marketing.
Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS Meet in South
Fifteen young television producers representing seven countries
in Southern Africa embarked on a pilot networking and television
programme exchange project yesterday in Johannesburg, in South
Africa. The project, entitled You, Me and HIV/AIDS intends to increase
young people's involvement in producing high quality television
productions that reflect the challenge and the positive spirit
of people affected by HIV/AIDS.
" Our objective is to engage young producers with a new vision
so that they can produce programmes that promote a culture of understanding,
tolerance, and respect especially for people living with and affected
by HIV/AIDS," said Firdoze Bulbulia, Director of the Children
and Broadcasting Foundation, hosting the event. "But we also
want to make sure that this vision does not become isolated and
can be shared throughout the African continent, and if possible
throughout the world."
New and improved ways to rot your kid's brain!
A new study shows that kids who watch lots of TV ads are more likely to suffer
from depression, anxiety, stomachaches and other problems.
One World/Staying Alive World AIDS Day 2004 Competition
If you're aged between 15 and 34 - and feel that you have a lot
to say about the influence of HIV/AIDS on women and girls using
a microphone or a camera - this is the perfect opportunity to show
For a second year in a row, MTV and OneWorld are
organising a global competition in the run up to World AIDS Day,
2004. The competition is for young people to submit audio or video
public service announcements (PSAs) that convey the messages of MTV's
award winning HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, Staying Alive (www.staying-alive.org).
and OneWorld share a commitment to the global fight against HIV/AIDS
and this unique collaboration aims to reach an audience
at a global and local level. This year entrants can unleash their
creativity by developing clips on the theme of women, girls and HIV/AIDS.
Winning PSAs in two categories (one audio and one video) will be
streamed on the Staying Alive site, made available to all 26
local MTV web sites and will be featured on the OneWorld Radio
and TV websites. The winners will also receive the Staying Alive
2004 Award, an honour given to an individual each year who makes
an important contribution for HIV/AIDS awareness.
Using Entertainment-Education to Reach Youth in Mexico
Poverty and overpopulation are two of Mexico's biggest challenges. In Mexico,
Population Media Center (PMC) is working with the Adolescent Orientation
Center (CORA) of Mexico to produce a series of radio mini-serials mixed with
talk shows in the five states of Mexico with the highest fertility rates.
These programs have been developed by young people and are aimed at youth
WORKSHOPS / TRAINING
OneMinutesJr workshop for Roma children starts in Romania
20 Roma children aged 13-19 from five countries (Romania, Bulgaria,
Moldova, Bosnia & Herzegovina & Macedonia) are meeting
in Targu Mures, Transsylvania, from September 2-6 where they will
produce OneMinute films about their lives, their dreams, their
hopes, their hobbies and their concerns. The children come from
various social backgrounds (orphanages, homes for abandonded children,
etc.) and most of them are already active in media/arts/dance/music
groups in their local Roma communities.
UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation and the Sandberg Institute
have organized the workshop which is just one in a series of workshops
across Europe that aims at child/youth participation in the media
and the support of child/youth expression through the OneMinute
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OneMinutesJr workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland
the European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
and the OneMinutes Foundation will
organize a OneMinutesJr workshop for young people aged 12-20 from
the Nordic countries.
Successful year for Armenian young filmmakers
This year young Armenian filmmakers succeeded in making their way
to a number of international children's cinema festivals,
where their talent and skills were acknowledged and appreciated
by professional juries.
Last year with the support from UNICEF young filmmakers from the "Manana" NGO
produced 13 one-minute videos. These included "The End
of the Line" film produced by Gor Baghdasaryan,
15, under the UNICEF's "Leave
no Child Out" worldwide campaign and 12 videos
titled "My Hero" made
on occasion of the International Children's Broadcasting Day.
Within the framework of UNIFEM's "Women for Peace in South
Caucasus" regional project, "Manana" organized
a contest-festival of short films and fiction. As
a result, 12 one-minute videos were produced and later demonstrated
during the "Youth & Peace" film festival
held at "Moscow" cinema.
All films have been participants at various international children's
cinema festivals which took place this year. In
particular, of 400 films presented for the "Videotivoli" Film
Festival which took place in Tampere (Finland) in
March 2004, only 80, including 10 films of "My Hero" series,
were selected for the screening. Additonally, organizers
of the Festival held a special session which was dedicated
to the films produced by students of"
Later in March 2004 Manana's talented student Gor Baghdasaryan
was invited as a special guest to the Palma de Mallorca
film festival for professionals. The festival was
attended by representatives of about 50 countries, who brought with them hundreds of films in various genres.
During the festival Gor's 4 films were demonstrated out of the
contest, including "End of the Line" and "Preparation". "My
Hero" series as well as"
Youth & Peace" videos were also screened at a special
evening held within the framework of the Festival.
The participation of a young talent from Armenia got
broad coverage in the Palma de Mallorca print media which spared
no words to praise Gor's vision of the realities surrounding him
and his unique way to deliver complex ideas and convey
Another film festival to highlight young filmmakers' talents and
skills is coming in Athens on 18-24 June 2004. This
international festival titled"
Kids for Kids" is organized by the European Children's Film
Association (ECFA), International Center of Films
for Children and Young People (CIFEJ) and European
Children's Television Center (ECTC). Of 44 films selected for the
festival, 2 come from Armenia, namely "Sniper" by
Hovnan Baghdasaryan produced under UNIFEM's sponsorship
and "Grandmother" by
Nane Sahakyan from UNICEF's "My Hero" series.
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NEWS / ARTICLES
Here's a generation wanting to be heard
Young people are passionate about many issues. But politicians
won't listen to them, writes Louise Merrington.
Young people today are constantly being branded politically apathetic.
It is, however, vitally important to distinguish between apathy
and disillusionment. Aside from a few promotional pamphlets from
political parties during election campaigns, the younger generations
are usually swamped by the superannuation and retirement issues
aimed squarely at the prolific and ageing baby boomers.
With so little
emphasis placed on youth issues, young Australians are naturally
becoming disillusioned. It is very difficult to develop
strong feelings for a political party when, frankly, we are given
no reason to.
EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS
"Lives in Transition: Expressions
of Refugee Youth" on display at the United Nations General
Assembly Building July 28 - September 30, 2004
Exhibition of photographs and testimonials by Iraqi, Afghani, Sudanese, Somalian,
Colombian and Burmese refugeeS will start July 28 to September 30th in the United
Nations Building in New York. The intimate exhibition created by National Geographic
provides us with intimate portraits of families and community torn by civil wars,
ethnic conflicts and poverty.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, "Out of
an estimated 20 million refugees, displaced persons and other vulnerable groups
around the world today, 50 per cent are children." The AjA Project, a San
Diego-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing innovative media arts
and photography-based educational programs for refugee youth, will be featuring
its students' artwork
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