For every child, a champion
UNICEF awards journalists with the “For Every Child a Champion” Prize for outstanding reporting on children’s rights issues.
NIAMEY (Niger), 30 November 2018 – On Niger’s Press Freedom Day (November 30), UNICEF honoured three journalists reporting on children’s rights issues with the “For Every Child, A Champion” media prize. Out of 29 registered participants from across the country, the three selected journalists stood out for the quality of their journalistic work. Their reports covered topics ranging from the issues of child marriage to girls’ education and empowerment.
“Media professionals are well-placed to keep children’s rights on the news agenda, by scrutinising efforts to protect those rights, and challenging those who fail to meet their commitments to children,” says Ibrahim Harouna, President of the Maison de la Presse at the Awards Ceremony.
This years’ laureates are recognized for a combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to promote and protect children’s rights in Niger. UNICEF believes that high quality media content and public debate that is inclusive of child voices, expert advocates, and that explains policy issues, can contribute to wider efforts to improve the environment for protecting and promoting the rights of children.
The winners of the 2018 Champions Awards are: Souleymane Oumarou Brah from the Newspaper Independent Plus for his report on girls’ education; Anafi Boubacar, from Canal 3 Television for his report on the issue of child marriage and; Habibou Garba from the Radio Station Studio Kalangou for his report on girls’ empowerment and innovation.
By providing children and young people with opportunities to speak for themselves - about their hopes and fears, their achievements, and the impact of adult behaviour on their lives - media professionals can remind the public that children deserve to be respected as individual human beings.
In Niger, UNICEF and partners are still exploring way on how to harness the power of traditional and new media to amplify the voices of children and influence policy and public debate. Through this prize, UNICEF wanted also to highlight inspiring individuals doing extraordinary things to create change in their communities.
“Because the media often focus on what is not working, we should encourage them in also telling the story of what is working – with children and youth in the driving seat. We should start talking about game changers for children in Niger” concludes Felicite Tchibindat, UNICEF Representative in Niger.