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EVENTS / CONFERENCES / WORKSHOPS: Media workshop highlights children’s rights (OMAN)

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

MUSCAT — The Ministry of Social Development organised the media workshop on spreading awareness on children's rights yesterday at the City Season Hotel. The workshop was presided over by Ali bin Khalfan al Jabri, Under-Secretary of the Information Ministry. This event is a joint venture between the Child Affairs Department at the Ministry of Social Development and the Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD) and Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND).

The workshop is held with participation of 40 media personnel from different media and government bodies. During the opening ceremony, Dr Yahya bin Mohammed al Hinai, Director-General of the Directorate-General of Family Development at the Ministry of Social Development, pointed out: "Throughout the past three decades, children rights are given high priority as well as supporting all issues related to children, women and family in strategic plans in the national and regional levels. We hope this will back all the efforts that have been made to support children affairs in the Sultanate".

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RESEARCH / NEWS: Children's rights to media not protected (BANGLADESH)

The country's existing media policies do not protect children's rights to media due to the absence of specific provisions ensuring children's participation in media and their right to information, says a study.
Though the government is obliged to protect children's right to freedom of expression according to international convention, it, alongside private television channels and radio stations, give less importance to children's programmes and related news.

REPORTS: Report damns online junk food advertising to children

Inconsistencies exist in advertising regulations across different media, enabling companies to market high in fat, salt and sugar products (HFSS) to children online, claims new report.

NEWS / AWARDS: Students produce films on Human Rights: Film Festival and UN honour the winners

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The winners of the third Students-Film-Competition received their awards at the Vienna International Centre on 6 December 2011. The film Every Human Being has the Right to Food by students of the Clemens-Hochmeister school in Landegg (Tyrol) won the first prize.

The first Austrian film festival for Human Rights This Human World (THW) organized the competition in cooperation with the United Nations Information Service in Vienna (UNIS), the Media Literacy Award of the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (BMUKK), and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria. Under the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Commission in Austria, students 10 to 20 years old were asked to make short films on the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted on 10 December 1948.

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NEWS / WORKSHOPS / ONEMINUTESJR / PROJECTS: Young women in India learn to express their views through film

Thursday, 15 December 2011

By Anjali Singh

LUCKNOW, India, 14 December 2011 – Nineteen-year-old Laxmi Nishad had wanted for years to talk about the burden of caring for her five family members, including her alcoholic father. Her chance finally came at the OneMinutesJr. workshop organized by UNICEF in Lucknow, India.
Along with 14 of her classmates from Prerna Girls School, Laxmi was given the chance to create a one-minute video about her life, which she titled ‘Me and My Life.’

“My sister was just 11 months old when my mother died, and my father, who drinks all the time, refused to give us any money or even look after us,” says Laxmi. “So it was my responsibility to help the family survive. I was just 13, and I began to work as a housemaid in people’s homes to earn money. But I always yearned for a proper home, and I finally found it at the Prerna Girls School, where I study in now. I wanted to tell people my story and now I did that through the OneMinutesJr. workshop.”
The OneMinutesJr. is an arts-based initiative that teaches young people how to creatively express their views through video. During a five-day workshop, video artists from the One Minutes Foundation help youth participants each create one-minute films.

NEWS / WORKSHOPS: UNICEF, CIDA Helping Young People Make their Voices Heard (SUDAN)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Ways of enabling young Sudanese to become more actively involved in resolving community and other issues set the agenda of a two-day workshop last week in Khartoum.

The meeting -- which was attended by young people from three of Sudan’s 15 states -- ended with a call for the establishment of formal mechanisms that could bridge the gap between policymakers and youth and ensure that the voices of young people are heard.

“We are failing to harness the potential of the youth as there is no partnership between us and the elders,” said youth representative Nagham Hawash, adding: “We hope this consultation marks the start of a real partnership between the young people and the people in power.”

The workshop was the first in a series of youth consultations organised under the Youth LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development) Project which is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

CAMPAIGNS: Training held to launch UNICEF’s Meena project

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: UNICEF's unique animated communication initiative 'Meena' to protect the girl child in Kerala began with the training of resource persons here on Sunday. It will be followed by a state-level children's parliament or Balapanchayat to identify atrocities against children, violation of their rights and to evolve a protective mechanism.
As many as 33 resource persons from across the state participated in the training session. "The training focused on the communication aspect, listening skills, counseling with booklets on Meena and on the mode of introducing it among kids at the district-level," said A J Ranjit, state consultant for Balasabha.
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NEWS: Youth presents recommendations to world leaders at UN forum

Monday, 12 December 2011

By Kabeer Yousuf - DOHA — At the Fourth Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations in Doha, Qatar, a diverse group of 400 young leaders met yesterday to debate key aspects of cross-cultural and inter-religious understanding during the Youth Preparatory Event, which took place at the newly inaugurated Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, Shaikh Abdullah bin Mohammed al Salmy, Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, is heading the country at the Forum. The main outcome of the discussions during the youth event was the drafting of recommendations to world leaders on specific policies that affect the lives of young people, and on ways to enhance and build on the achievement of young people in bridging cultural divides.

NEWS: Russian Safer Internet Centre greets the New Year with a new web portal

The start of 2012 will see the launch of a new website from the Russian Safer Internet Centre. New forms of awareness work, specialisation of awareness materials, the need for better regional outreach and representation require new forms of information delivery – hence the focus for the new site. The new Safer Internet Centre web portal in fact consists of three awareness parts – for children, for youth and for adults. Each of them has a special design fitting the expectations of the target audiences along with a number of special awareness services and tools. News and events relating to online safety and the Safer Internet Centre more generally are presented in a special part of the web portal, which is not age relevant.

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WORKSHOPS / RADIO: Media workshops empower youth to address climate change in Zambia (AFRICA)

Friday, 9 December 2011

By Nina Callaghan
LUSAKA, Zambia, 8 December 2011 – To 17-year-old Msonda Chibwana from Lusaka, climate change is not just a topic for debate; it is a reality that has affected his family’s livelihood and taken food from their table.
“We only depended on profit made from selling fish and farm produce,” Msonda said. “Then there was a sudden change in the climate patterns. As a result, we faced serious drought. The rivers lakes and dams in Central Province dried up. The land also lost its fertility and the plants died.”
Msonda recorded his story in a Children’s Radio Foundation training workshop held in Lusaka, part of a UNICEF project  that equips young people with skills they need to produce media about climate change.


The newest edition of the newsletter PRIX JEUNESSE WATCHwords Online is out now at http://www.prixjeunesse.de/newsletter with introduction of our PRIX JEUNESSE INTL 2012 Nominators and reports on various PRIX JEUNESSE Suitcase stops and other events in children’s media. 

NEWS / SOCIAL MEDIA: Social media is the space for change, says the youth of India

Thursday, 8 December 2011

NEW DELHI: In a nationwide survey conducted amongst the youth of India, nearly 76 per cent of youth believe that social media empowers them to bring change to the world we live in. 

They are convinced that causes for women and movements against corruption can be driven through this medium that is now growing as a source for information. In fact, as many as 28 per cent source information from social media sites whereas around 54 per cent prefer a mix of print, television and social media.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Young photographers from Niger and Mali document the problems facing their communities

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

By Anne Boher
BAMAKO, Mali, 6 December 2011 – “This child looks very mean, and it’s a consequence of life on the street,” said 17-year-old Rachida Aboubacar, gazing at a photograph taken by one of her friends.
Rachida is one of several children and adolescents selected from some of the most vulnerable communities in Niger to participate in a UNICEF-supported photography workshop.
Photography workshops are part of UNICEF’s efforts to ensure all children, especially those marginalized or living in poverty, are empowered to express themselves.

NEWS / EVENTS: Youth Summit delves deep into digital media trends

Muscat: Day Three of Muscat Youth Summit (MYS) gave the 200-plus participants an insight into the fast changing landscape of mainstream media as well as digital and social media. 

“Over the past few years social media has had a significant impact on people’s daily lives. The global conversation we now have because of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,now the second largest search engine in the world after Google, would have been unimaginable 10 years ago. 

In short, social and digital media communication tools are profoundly changing our lives and how we interact with one another and the world around us,” said Raed Dawood of Nawras and a strategic partner of this year’s Muscat Youth Summit.

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NEWS / APPS: PBS KIDS Expands Video App to iPhone & iPod touch

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- PBS KIDS today announced the PBS KIDS Video App is now available on iPhone and iPod touch, bringing more free educational video content to families than any other children's media app. The app gives families free, streaming access to more than 2,000 videos -- including clips and full episodes -- from their favorite PBS KIDS series. The PBS KIDS Video App launched on iPad in May with great success; it has served more than 430 million video streams -- an average of two million per day -- and has had over 450,000 downloads to date.
"PBS KIDS video has been incredibly successful online, making PBSKIDS.org the number one kids entertainment site for free streamed videos,i" said Jason Seiken, Senior Vice President, Interactive, PBS. "When we launched the PBS KIDS Video iPad app in May, it was equally well-received, with 50 million streams just in the first month and growing to more than 86 million streams in November. And kids watch more video streams on the PBS KIDS Video iPad app than on nearly all other children's broadcast and cable network websites.ii After seeing this high demand for our children's programming on the iPad we were committed to extending the app's reach to the iPhone and iPod touch, which will bring our popular content to even more kids and parents."


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Keywords: children's newspaper, volunteerism, child reporter
Be the change you wish to see in the world”- Mahatma Gandhi Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation in association with UNV India and Anant Vikas Trust is bringing out a special issue of “The Peace Gong-the children’s newspaper” based on the four objectives of IYV+10: recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of Volunteerism.
In view of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets, IYV+ 10 offers an opportunity to celebrate but also to assess the progress made towards achieving the objectives of IYV.The aim of this issue is to capture the voices of children across the world on VOLUNTEERING to facilitate efforts by children for a peaceful world. Preparing children for a global non-violent future is a significant of volunteer promotion initiatives.

The Editor of The Peace Gong, a class XI student of Kolkata, India evocatively points this out, “Through the Peace Gong we hope to bring together our friends not only across the country but also abroad to be catalysts for a non-violent world with a foundation of equality, justice and universal understanding of each other’s concerns.” This children’s newspaper is a Media and Information Literacy initiative of the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation. The special issue on VOLUNTEERING will be published in December. We request you to facilitate writings/cartoons/comic strips/posters/poems by children from your country for this special issue. The writings by children could focus on: a) Child-led/other volunteer initiatives in your city/country which inspired you most. (500-600 words) b) Interview of a child or group of children/ other volunteers who are volunteering to bring change in their community. (300-500 words) c) Perspective- small perspective pieces by children on what they think on volunteering. (100-200 words). d) Poems and/cartoons/ posters/ comic strips on volunteering
It would be great if each contribution is accompanied by relevant photographs. Do not forget to mention the name and contact details of the child who contributes a particular story/poem, cartoon etc. along with her/his class, name of the school and the city/towns. Please note that, only children up to the age of 18 are eligible to contribute, as it is a children’s newspaper. For parents and legal guardians Participants will be identified as the authors of the drawings and texts only with their first name and their region or country of origin. At the time of submitting a drawing the parents or other legal guardians of the participating children are deemed to have read, understood and be in agreement with the contents of this leaflet. 

Please show this text above to your parents before you submit your work.

The last date to receive the entries is December 15, 2011.

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NEWS / TRAINING: South Sudan: Ministry of Information and UNICEF Host Media Workshop

Monday, 5 December 2011

Juba — A two days joint training workshop organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the United Nations Children Fund on ethical guidelines on reporting on children was held in Juba last week.

The workshop attracted media practioners from the states of Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria and Central Equatoria. The workshop sought to deepen the understanding of the participants on the ethical guidelines on reporting on children.

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NEWS / CHILDREN'S TV: Popular children’s show Sesame Street debuts in Afghanistan

Big Bird is flying to Afghanistan — along with some of his of favorite friends.
The hit children's show "Sesame Street" debuted in the war-torn country on Thursday, featuring Elmo, Big Bird and Grover, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The beloved American show has spread around the world with different focuses for each country. For example, in Northern Ireland, where it airs on the BBC, Hilda the Irish hare and her "Sesame Tree" friends work to teach about cooperation. In Indonesia, "Jalan Sesama" works to celebrate the country's "unity through diversity."
Its aim in Afghanistan is to improve education for children there and is scheduled for an initial run of 26 episodes, the AFP reported.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/popular-children-show-sesame-street-debuts-afghanistan-article-1.986346#ixzz1ffCNm6iY

NEWS / TRAINING: Youth undergo climate change training

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

UNICEF Zambia has partnered with the Children Radio Foundation (CRF) of South Africa to train its youthful staff to be climate change ambassadors.
According to the terms of reference, the partnership and ambitious training of young climate ambassadors would enable them to not only learn critical thinking, communication and confidence, but would empower them with new skills to be able to share information and spread awareness through the media.
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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Prix Jeunesse 2012 - Festival Theme: Watch, learn and grow with children's TV

Enter Your Best Children’s and Youth TV Programmes!
Deadline coming up soon: 12 December 2011
The world’s leading festival for children’s and youth television invites you to enter your best productions! Broadcasters as well as production companies are eligible to enter programmes into the competition.
2012 Festival Theme: Watch, learn and grow with children's TV
Children are learning all the time – and constantly when watching TV! What does that mean for quality in children’s TV, and how can we support children in their curiousity on life? Learn more on this topic at the upcoming PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL, via info sessions and guessing games. 
Entries do not have to be connected to the festival theme!
Please check our website for contest rules and registration forms:

ARTICLES: How advertising influences your children

Sunday, 27 November 2011

The new £6m John Lewis Christmas advert is carefully calculated to tug on every adult’s heartstrings and get them spending. With research suggesting parents will fork out 64% more on their children this December 25 than in 1995, Dr John Jewell investigates the role that advertising plays in the life of our little ones
It should be of no surprise to any of us that advertising is an integral part of our culture and arguably the most important media of the advanced world.
Capitalism itself survives because of advertising, as we are encouraged to spend and replace rather than to repair and reuse.
The effects of this consumer culture and our love of ‘stuff’ has had a profound effect on family life.
Britain is now, according to a recent report by UNICEF, the worst country in the industrialised world to be a child, where parents feel under intense pressure to buy goods for their children. In homes across the nation, children’s bedrooms are now less a place to sleep and more a ‘media bedsit’ with a PC, an Xbox and a digital TV.
Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2011/11/26/how-advertising-influences-your-children-91466-29835531/#ixzz1eu6eeq6o

NEWS / ONLINE SAFETY: Protecting Children Online

Friday, 25 November 2011

Whether it is identity theft, online tracking, or profiling, the Internet can be an open door to a child's personal information. A Wall Street Journal investigation into online privacy last year found that popular children's websites install more tracking technologies on personal computers than do the top websites aimed at adults. 

According to recent research by Consumer Reports, one million children were harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook in the past year -- and that's just one social media site. Furthermore, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says 8 percent of the ID theft complaints in 2010 involved children.

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NEWS / PROJECTS / RADIO: UNICEF-supported radio training encourages Haiti’s youth to tell their own story

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

By Stephanie Power
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 November 2011—Young people in Haiti are speaking up about issues that are important in their lives and their stories are being broadcast on Haitian radio, with the help of training and support from UNICEF and its Haitian partner Panos Caribbean.
"Children should have the right to speak in public," said Jean-Pierre Layben, 14, a radio trainee from Port-au-Prince whose story focuses on life-saving health care. "Sometimes children have something important to say, and adults don't let them. I don't think that's right - children have the right to speak."

FESTIVALS / CALL FOR ENTRIES / OPPORTUNITIES: Call for Entries: Sarajevo City of Film Project 2012

Friday, 11 November 2011

The call for entries to participate in the Sarajevo City of Film 2012 project will be open from 3rd November to 9th December 2011.

The goal of the project is to support and instigate cooperation between young filmmakers in Southeast Europe, and the call for entries will be open, as in previous years, only for the participants of one of the two previous editions of the Sarajevo Talent Campus.

In this way, the Sarajevo Film Festival wishes to give the chance to directors, screenwriters, actors and producers, who attended the Sarajevo Talent Campus during the 16th and 17th editions of the Sarajevo Film Festival, to present their talent and gain additional experience by making short films.

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TRAINING: UNICEF to Train Journalists On Child Reporting n South Sudan (AFRICA)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Juba — The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will be training journalists on ethical reporting of children this later this month, the organization's Chief Executive Sid Shresha has announced.

Mr Shresha made this announcement today during a meeting with the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Atem Yaak Atem. He explained that the training will target journalists from all the states, especially those in the grassroots.

He also pointed out that the training will be on print and radio and will entail writing good stories and producing good programs about children.

"Children are the future of the country and when photographing them they need not to be shown in a difficult situation", he said.

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OPPORTUNITIES: 2011 UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award

The award seeks to recognise the very best in original, accurate and inspiring reporting on the environment by young journalists in Africa. The UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award is open to print, broadcast and online journalists who have reported on environmental issues in 2011. Reports should demonstrate relevance to local and / or regional communities in Africa.

The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States and travel across the country, visiting environmental projects and interacting with leading environmental journalists, scientists and public figures. The deadline to apply is December 16, 2011.

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.unep.org/yeja/nomination/

NEWS / AWARDS: Japanese documentary wins 2011 Child Rights Award

Monday, 7 November 2011

Thursday 03 Nov 2011- A documentary about the lives of two disabled children in Japan has won the 2011 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for broadcasting.

Iori and Ibuki - Why We Were Born by Shizuoka Telecasting of Japan was named the winner of the award on 2 November in Hong Kong during the CASBAA Convention.

The Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award, created by CASBAA, ABU and UNICEF in 2001, is given annually to the best television programme produced in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on children's rights.

Mariko Hashimoto, the producer of Iori and Ibuki - Why We Were Born, spent 11 years of filming and interviewing Iori and her family. Iori and her younger brother were each born with disabilities. Their story is a compelling tale of resilience and optimism.

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EVENTS / NEWS: Maori Television Hosts Children and Media Symposium (NEW ZEALAND)

7 November 2011 - Maori Television Hosts Children and Media Symposium

Maori Television will host an international children’s media expert this Wednesday, 9 November, for a day focused on tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) and the media.

David Kleeman is President of the American Center for Children and Media, and is on the Advisory Board Chair to the international children's TV festival, Prix Jeunesse.

Kleeman has advised producers, broadcasters, government organisations and NGOs, undertaken research on children and public service media in the digital age, and is a renowned author on the subject of children and the media.

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NEWS: OneMinutesJr at International TV Festival in Bar

Monday, 31 October 2011

BAR, Montenegro, 24–29 October 2011 - 20 young people from Montenegro successfully finished the One Minutes Juniors film workshop, organised as part of the International TV Festival in Bar and supported by UNICEF.

The result, 20 one-minute films describing their views on key child rights issues. This year, 20 young people through one-minute movies presented their ideas on topics dealing with education, health and child protection.

Anida Avdic, student at the Institute for Education and Rehabilitation of Persons with Hearing and Speaking Impairment in Kotor, in her film described the issue of insecurity and the feeling she has about the people talking about her disability whenever she enters the bus on her way to school.

"My movie is talking about the moment I am entering the bus with the feeling of sadness and insecurity, but when a person approaches to me and helps me I feel happines. In my movie people were not talking about my disability," Alida explained.

UNICEF consultant, Chris Schuepp, helps children around the world express their ideas, dreams and opinions by supporting them to produce their own 1 min movies. This is the third year in a raw he is working on making movies with children and teenagers from Montenegro.

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OPPORTUNITIES: UNICEF launches new and emerging talent initiative [Worldwide]

Professionals interested in an international career can apply to a talent-identification initiative.
UNICEF is recruiting through its New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI), a two-year program used as an entry point for mid-career professionals.

NETI participants will spend one year at UNICEF's New York headquarters working in a functional areas of need. Participants will then be deployed internationally on assignments related to their projects.
Applicants must have an advanced university degree, proficiency in English and another official UN language, at least 2-5 years relevant work experience and must be willing to accept an assignment to any UNICEF office worldwide.

The deadline is November 4. For more information, click here.


EVENTS: Int’l Children’s Film Festival opens today

ISLAMABAD: International Children's Film Festival would open today (Monday) at Cinepax Cinema, Jinnah Park, Kacheri Road, Rawalpindi, Cantt.

The festival organised by The Little Art aims to provide alternative learning opportunities to children in Pakistan and introduce arts as a positive learning vehicle to children and young people.

The festival will be presenting 77 films from 26 countries. To the international submission call, the festival organizer received nearly 400 films from all over the world and has selected some of the best, which are suitable for children and young people in Pakistan.

The festival would be full of excitement and thrill, packed with back to back morning shows for 5 days for school children. The shows are scheduled from 9:30 am onwards till 1.45 pm, each morning of the festival days.

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