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ICDB in Angola: Leaders pledge more support for children in the media

© UNICEF Angola/2009/Gambo
Child reporters in the studio at TPA, Televisao Popular de Angola.

LUANDA, Angola, 11 March 2009 – On the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) earlier this month, Angolan Government leaders and media executives alike made a public commitment to invest in programmes by and for children.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ICDB workshop held here, Vice-Minister of Social Communication Miguel de Carvalho said: "We will devote more resources to children's programmes in the media. This is a government commitment. We need to invest in training for child reporters and make sure they have enough resources to develop into communication professionals."

'Children and Social Communication' is one of the areas of commitment the national compact, '11 Commitments for Children', made by the government to the nation's youngest citizens during Angola's third National Child Forum in June 2007.

Success of youth radio

Celebrating another year of achievements, this year's ICDB workshop in Angola gave budding reporters a chance to share experiences with their peers and put their wishes to senior members of government.

"We need space to experiment," said Branca Prescinda, a young participant from Radio Bie. "We only have a half hour on the air every day. It's not enough," said another. "We want airwaves in all of Angola's municipalities," a third young reporter added.

Youth radio is a growing success story in Angola and the young reporters are constantly searching for ways to expand their horizons.

"We want to learn more about our rights as children," said Irene Neto from the province of Kwanza Sul. "We need to develop our programmes so more children will listen and phone in!"

Mentoring tomorrow's journalists

This year's ICDB workshop in Angola involved a trip for participants to the official daily newspaper, 'Jornal de Angola', to Angola National Radio and to TPA (Televisao Popular de Angola), the national television network.

"It is a dream to be here. We need to learn with the older journalists," said child reporter Eisio Chamajata, 10, from Kwanza Sul.

For UNICEF, youth radio remains a priority support area, and the 2009 ICDB celebration was a great opportunity to strengthen existing links with the Ministry of Communication.

"It is important for us to know what children think, and we will keep supporting child radio as well as other media where children can make very valuable and meaningful contributions," said UNICEF Angola Officer in Charge Geoff Wiffin.



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