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UNICEF and Free Press Unlimited launch WADADA News for Kids Ukraine

Youth in eastern Ukraine becoming news reporters

AMSTERDAM/KYIV, 10 February 2017 - UNICEF Ukraine and the Dutch NGO Free Press Unlimited are taking the first steps to set up a child-centered news program in eastern Ukraine next week in Dnipro. Together with local TV stations and child and youth TV studios, the partner organizations will lay the foundations for a bi-weekly 15-minute TV program following the global WADADA News for Kids example, which is produced by and with children and young people.

The future news program is building on the experience of seven local youth TV projects based in Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Kramatorsk, Pokrovsk, Dobropillia and Mariupol. For the first time, they will work together on a regional news program targeting more than 2 million children and young people in five oblasts in eastern Ukraine.

From 13 to 17 February 2017, 15 Ukrainian producers and cameramen will attend a master class delivered by UNICEF Ukraine in cooperation with Jan-Willem Bult, Chief Editor of WADADA News for Kids, an international network of news programs that currently connects 20 countries worldwide. 

Jan-Willem Bult: "It's a great opportunity and privilege to work with UNICEF and share the knowledge and experiences from our networks. We are anxious to receive news, opinions and stories from children and youth in Ukraine and share it with our local audiences in for instance Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, South Africa or Indonesia. Kids around the world also want to know what's going on in Ukraine and meet their peers.

"The master class will include the hands-on production of a pilot version of the 15-minute program and will enable the producers to work more closely with children and young people, focusing news even more on children's issues, giving young people in eastern Ukraine a voice and ensuring their right to age-appropriate information to which they are entitled under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine: "With the current situation in eastern Ukraine, it is very important for us to work with children and young people directly and make sure they have a say in the building of their own future. Basic human rights such as education, reliable information, health and security have come under pressure. This project will connect youth in eastern Ukraine, give them new perspectives and hopes and connect them to the world. We are impressed with the positive impact of WADADA News for Kids for children and youth around the world and hope to learn from this example and pass the skills on to producers and children in Ukraine."


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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About Free Press Unlimited
Free Press Unlimited believes that objective information can be of life-and-death importance. Free Press Unlimited helps local journalists in war zones and conflict areas to provide their audience with trustworthy news and information. The information that people need to survive and give shape to their own future. WADADA News for Kids is our successful world news program for children and youth. It currently connects 20 countries worldwide that produce, distribute and exchange media covering news, opinions and stories from the perspective of young people.

For more information, please contact:

Iuliia Poberezhna, UNICEF Kyiv, +380 50 388 29 51,
Gabrielle Akimova, UNICEF Kyiv, +380 95 283 84 42,
Wim Brouwer, Free Press Unlimited, Press Officer, +31 62 3538716
Jan-Willem Bult, Free Press Unlimited, Head of Children, Youth & Media, +31 65 1507178



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