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Media Advisory: UNICEF and Unilever Foundation recognise young reporters’ efforts ahead of Global Handwashing Day

What:  UNICEF and Unilever Foundation Young Reporters Challenge Awards
When:  11am Saturday 12 October 2013
Where: Claude's Centre, Wesfleur Circle, Atlantis, Western Cape

Members of the Children’s Radio Foundation’s Young Reporters Network will be recognised and rewarded this weekend for their efforts in creativity and health promotion.

Members of the network took up the challenge - by UNICEF and the Unilever Foundation - to produce radio inserts related to hygiene practices as part of their weekly community radio broadcasts.
Seven teams of young reporters from across South Africa took part in the challenge ahead of Global Handwashing Day on 15 October.

The community radio station and young reporters who scooped first prize for the ‘Best Radio Package’ will be announced at a prize giving community-event in Atlantis, near Cape Town, at 11am on Saturday 12 October. Winners of the category ‘Best Public Service Announcement on Handwashing’ will also be announced at the event.

A partnership between UNICEF, the Children’s Radio Foundation and the Department of Basic Education, the Young Reporters Network enables community radio stations to mentor youth to produce content for youth-led and produced radio shows.

About the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
With a strong presence in South Africa, UNICEF is a leading advocate for children. As a global authority, it is able to influence decision makers and partners at the grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind - to work with others to overcome the obstacles of poverty, violence, disease and discrimination in children’s lives.

About the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF)
The Children's Radio Foundation uses the medium of radio to create opportunities for youth participation, leadership and active citizenship. With over 50 projects across five African countries, CRF partners with radio stations, schools, and community-based organisations to train youth to use radio as a tool for dialogue, reflection and learning.

About the Unilever Foundation
The Unilever Foundation is dedicated to improving quality of life through the provision of hygiene, sanitation, access to clean drinking water, basic nutrition and enhancing self-esteem.  The Foundation launched a three-year partnership with UNICEF South Africa in 2012, which aims to promote behavior change related to hygiene practices and strengthen the capacity of school and health professionals in South Africa.

For more information, please contact:

Children’s Radio Foundation
Joan Legalamitlwa:; +27 21 465 6965
UNICEF South Africa
Emma de Villiers : Tel: +27 12 354 8252





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