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A still from a KNN video, in which a street child creates a school out of a cardboard box.

UNICEF’s work, both in the Philippines and internationally, is based on upholding children’s rights, including the right to a voice. If you’re a child or young person under 18, you have rights. These include the right to have a say in the things that affect you and for your views to be taken seriously. However, many children do not get heard. Their feelings, their views, their worries, their ideas are ignored.

Here in the Philippines, UNICEF has been helping fund a five-year project to uphold your right to a voice. Kabataan News Network (KNN) works with around 160 young journalists from ten regions across the Philippines. It produces a regular show, Kabataan X-Press, which explores issues that concern young people, such as teenage prostitution and juvenile justice. It also showcases print, radio and video pieces on its website, Kabataannews.com.

Kabataan means ‘youth’ in Tagalog. KNN trains young people like you to produce news reports using video, radio, print and photography. The young journalists are not just given technical training, they’re also taught about children’s rights. To mark the 20th anniversary of the CRC this November, KNN asked young people from 32 youth media organisations from across the Philippines to produce pieces in different media, illustrating children’s rights.

Guillermo Ocampo, 21, from Baguio has dreamed of being a reporter since he was a child, so the project was a great opportunity for him. “We were given the topic of the right to an education,” he said. “While thinking about the story, we had the idea of a child that wants to go to school but doesn’t have the resources. When I was a kid, I liked to play with a box and imagine things with it. And the video shows that when one child has created a school with the box, other kids would like to go there too.”

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