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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.

PUBLICATIONS / NEWSLETTERS: PRIX JEUNESSE WATCHwords Online



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."

CALL FOR ARTICLES: The Peace Gong

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Keywords: children's newspaper, volunteerism, child reporter
Description: 
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
 

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