Children’s Voice from Ukraine wins 2002 OneWorld/UNICEF
Award for Outstanding Children’s Radio Programme
Entries from Ukraine, Belize, the Philippines, the
United States and Senegal selected as finalists for prize
NEW YORK, 23 May 2003 - Children’s Voice from Ukraine has been
named the winner of the 2002 OneWorld/UNICEF award for outstanding radio
produced by and for children.
The award recognizes radio programming that gives a central role to
children – as producers, editors, reporters and presenters –
and allows them to give their own perspective on the world around them.
It also recognises the great reach of radio into communities often unreachable
by other media. The prize was launched for the first time last year
by UNICEF and OneWorld Radio. Entries were received from all over the
The winning entry, Children’s Voice – Street Children is
a programme featuring powerful interviews with children who live on
the street and focuses on their rights and concerns. The broadcast is
one of a series on children on the street produced by the Independent
Children’s Media Center in Kiev, Ukraine. Children between the
ages of ten and eighteen had complete control of the project, which
was set up by the Media-Center, with support from the Foundation of
Youth Culture and Education.
The other finalists were:
The Kid O'Rama (KOR) Show is researched and produced by a group of children
drawn from different backgrounds. The show focuses on child rights.
This edition uses songs, interviews and features a segment on teenage
pregnancy. Supported by the National Committee for Families and Children.
Tingog sa Kabataan - Voice of the Children
This programme in Tagalog is produced by 18 high school and college
students from Cebu City, Philippines, some of whom have been victims
of abuse. It's about children and young people’s rights. Supported
by Terre des Hommes and ECPAT (eliminating child prostitution, child
pornography and trafficking of children).
Shining in the Ghetto
A disproportionate number of young black and Latino children in the
USA grow up in inner-city ghettos. Carlton Taylor, who lives in Harlem,
New York looks at the future faced by young people of colour. Supported
by Radio Rootz.
Freedom of Expression
“I am a Child but I have my rights too!” A mini-drama features
children discussing their right to contribute to the communities around
them. Supported by Plan International.
“Children’s voices are often overlooked by media”,
says Jackie Davies, OneWorld Radio Manager. “We are hoping that
this competition will encourage radio stations to give children a voice
by including programmes made by and for children in their broadcasts.”
OneWorld Radio (www.oneworld.net/radio) -- a part of OneWorld.net -
a global non-profit network of up to 1,500 NGOs worldwide –- is
an online community of radio stations and NGOs sharing programs and
ideas on sustainable development and human rights.
“We are delighted that our partnership with OneWorld has produced
a competition with such excellent entries,” said Marjorie Newman-Williams,
UNICEF's Director of Communication. “The award highlights how
radio – which is the most powerful of all the mass media in reaching
people around the world – can also empower children,” she
continued. “Radio can give children a chance to speak to the issues
that directly affect their lives.”
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting on December 14
is another great opportunity to celebrate child-focused radio. www.unicef.org/icdb/
All entries from the competition are available for listening on OneWorld
Radio, campaign page http://radio.oneworld.net/index.php?fuseaction=cms.campaignsPage
under “Radio Prize 2002”.
For more information on the radio prize please contact:
Jeannette Gonzalez, UNICEF
New York, (212) 326-7278, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohammad Jalloh, UNICEF Media,
New York, (212) 326 7516 email@example.com
Jenny Eschweiler, OneWorld Radio Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org