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NEWS / WORKSHOPS: In Lao PDR, media workshop encourages positive, holistic early childhood development

Thursday, 29 March 2012

VIENTIANE, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 28 March 2012 – Stunts by a miniature red buffalo stole the show at a recent ceremony held to screen new media productions for children in Lao PDR.
Though the buffalo’s performance – pushing and pulling a series of green balls that magically transformed themselves into numbers – was aimed at the pre-school children in attendance, the adult audience also burst into laughter.
The so-called ‘Clever Buffalo’ was a feat of clay animation, or claymation. It was a short film by a production team that had just finished a training session on ‘Innovative Communication for Early Childhood Development’.
Organized by the Lao Government and UNICEF, the training was part of wider efforts to strengthen local skills and capacity to generate quality media for children in Lao PDR.

FESTIVALS / EVENTS: UNICEF brings acclaimed HIV film to Documentary Edge Film Festival (NEW ZEALAND)

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

UNICEF NZ is bringing four children's rights documentaries to the screen at the upcoming Documentary Edge Film Festival.
The festival, which opens in Auckland on 26 April and will continue in Wellington from 17 May, will include the highly acclaimed film The Carrier.
The Carrier is a powerful story of one woman's journey as she comes to terms with HIV and the impact the virus is having on her family and community. 28-year-old Mutinta Mweemba is caught in a desperate struggle to stop the disease being passed onto her unborn child.
Every day around the world about 1,000 children are newly infected with HIV. Vulnerable newborns can contract the virus from their HIV positive mothers during pregnancy, labour or delivery. Without treatment, a third of babies with HIV won't live to see their second birthday.
The good news is that there is a way to stop this happening by giving medication to pregnant mothers and newborns and UNICEF NZ is supporting mothers to do this.

NEWS: Zimbabwe: Children's Day Marked

Children in Zimbabwe yesterday joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Children's Day of Broadcasting. The day is commemorated on March 15 each year.
When The Herald visited Radio Zimbabwe studios in Mbare yesterday, scores of children from as far as Honde Valley, Concession, Mutare and Harare were taking turns to go on air.
Children from various provinces also had the opportunity to broadcast live on television at the ZBC studios at Pockets Hill in Highlands.

ARTICLES / INTERNET: In Viet Nam, Internet access creates opportunities and safety challenges alike

Monday, 26 March 2012

HANOI, Viet Nam, 16 March 2012 – Over the last decade, the dramatic increase in access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Viet Nam has brought unprecedented opportunities – including online learning and connecting with local or global communities – to adolescents and young people.
But this development has also come with a range of digital risks. Cyber-bullying, defamation, exposure to sexually explicit content and privacy violations are just some of risks young users can encounter online, especially when they are ill-prepared and unprotected by legislation. However, too little is still known or done about the use of ICTs and the potential digital safety risks faced by adolescents in Viet Nam.
These risks can best be mitigated, and the benefits best be promoted, by better understanding children’s ICT usage patterns, educating users and supporting national policies to embracing the digital age. UNICEF, in partnership with Yahoo! and the Government of Viet Nam, is gathering information about how young people use ICTs. UNICEF is also collaborating with Junior Reporters’ Clubs throughout the country to conduct interviews, collect opinions and document children and young people’s experiences of Internet use.
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PROJECTS / RADIO: Children in Sierra Leone get a "radio in a box"

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Netherlands has shipped a container with a mobile radio studio to Sierra Leone. The Radio Netherlands' Training Centre donated the studio to War Child, an organisation that assists children and young people in war zones. 
There's a complete radio studio inside the container. Children and young people in Sierra Leone will use the studio to broadcast their own radio programmes. The studio will also enable other children to get experience in making radio. 
Radio is a popular and important means of communication for young people who were traumatised by the civil war in Sierra Leone. They can use it to discuss the problems they still face in their country.
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EVENTS: Leeds Young People’s Film Festival (UK)

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Leeds Young People's Film Festival is about to become a teenager. 2012 marks our 13th year, and we're filled with excitement over the new experiences it will bring. The festival is dedicated to young people up to the age of 25, and features films made by and for young people. The festival is presented by MediaFish, a group of 14 to 19-year-olds who work with Leeds Film all year round.

To download the brochure, please visit www.leedsyoungfilm.com.

NEWS: ICDB: Children must be heard (South Africa)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Are world leaders and the media allowing children to be heard? Or are children just seen as “entities” who come along with problems that need to be fixed?

Twenty years ago, Unicef questioned whether or not children were being represented in the media as often as they should be, thus the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICBD) was born and celebrated annually in March.

Last year, however, Unicef announced that they would no longer be coordinating celebrations around the day since they had met their objective through the success of the programme.

The purpose of the ICBD was to encourage broadcasting with a focus on children’s issues and as the years went by, to also encourage the direct involvement of children in the media.

Global themes around the event were announced and in 1994, in partnership with the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, awards were given to those who best embodied the values placed on the day.

Firdoze Bulbulia, chairperson of the Children’s Broadcasting Foundation, says: “(The ICBD) has been very successful which is why the event must come to an end, but the role of young people in media production must continue.”

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NEWS / TV: Discovery to produce children’s programmes

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Discovery is to enter the genre of children's television in the second quarter of this year, with launches of Discovery Kids in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

"Discovery Kids will offer Indian children the ideal combination of learning and entertainment. A unique network in the kids' genre, Discovery Kids will offer children in a fun and entertaining way to satisfy their natural curiosity with stimulating and imaginative programming," said Mark Hollinger, president and chief executive, Discovery Networks International, during his keynote address at FICCI Frames 2012 in Mumbai.

"The network will ignite viewers' imagination through its compelling and differentiated content. In light of the massive digitisation drive in India, we believe viewers will express their demand for such distinct television networks. I cannot think of any other country more poised for the launch of such a remarkable network."

PROJECTS: U-report application revolutionizes social mobilization, empowering Ugandan youth

Thursday, 15 March 2012

KAMPALA, Uganda, 14 March 2012 – U-report, a new communications technology developed by UNICEF Uganda and launched in May 2011, is revolutionizing social mobilization, monitoring and response efforts. The initiative equips mobile phone users with the tools to establish and enforce new standards of transparency and accountability in development programming and services.
By sending the text message, ‘join,’ to a toll-free number and submitting a few personal details, anyone with a mobile phone can become a volunteer ‘U-reporter’, sharing their observations and ideas on a wide range of development issues.
In less than a year, the population of U-reporters has grown to over 89,000, with 400 to 500 joining the network daily.

ARTICLES: Young Cambodians focus their lens on TV education

Young Cambodians are considered a crucially important resource and a rigorously strong pillar for the country’s development. To keep our youth and general public up-to-date and active in society, the media, through television, has become a powerful tool to disseminate information.

In the last several years, we’ve noticed more incentives from television producers to screen programs relevant to youth and that gives them an opportunity for direct participation, such as  ‘You’re the man! Show’, ‘Clever Youth’ and more.

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WORKSHOPS / TRAINING / ONEMINUTESJR: Young offenders and victims of violence against children cooperate in video story-telling workshop in Baku

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

BAKU, 9 March 2012 - Fifteen children and teenagers came together this week in the capital of Azerbaijan to share their stories on juvenile justice and violence against children in a OneMinutesJr video workshop. The 5-day training is part of a wider project to end torture and ill treatment of children, supported by the European Union in partnership with UNICEF.

In cooperation with the NGO Reliable Future, the Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Center in Baku and the One Minutes Foundation, UNICEF Azerbaijan invited young offenders as well as children who have been victims of violence to attend the workshop. The aim of the 5-day training was to develop one-minute videos written, filmed and produced by the young participants, showing their personal views of their experiences around the topics "children in conflict with the law" and "violence against children".

During the first two days of the training, the children spent most of the time developing their stories with the OneMinutesJr facilitators from Russia, Georgia and Germany. The topics of the workshop, experencies of both young offenders and children who are victims of violence, demanded a very sensitive approach.

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NEWS / WEBSITES: First website to promote child participation launched in Armenia

YEREVAN, 14 March 2012 – UNICEF and Youth for Achievements NGO launched today http://www.ashakert.am/ - the first website to promote child participation in Armenia.

“It is a true pleasure to be present today at an event which has a potential to change the way adults perceive children and children perceive important processes of decision-making and their role in those processes. Today we are making the first important step towards establishing a process that we call meaningful child participation,” UNICEF Representative in Armenia Henriette Ahrens said, addressing representatives of various ministries, local and international civil society organizations, school administrators and children.

The newly created website is primarily designed for members of Student Councils established in all schools in Armenia and aims to intensify Student Councils’ activities in the area of child protection and child participation.

Gambia: Childfund the Gambia, GRTS Observe ICDB

Monday, 12 March 2012

ChildFund The Gambia in collaboration with GRTS yesterday observed the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), with children taking over all the activities of the airwaves for the whole day.
ICDB, a day when broadcasters around the world 'Tune in to kid' was launched by UNICEF in 1991 in order to encourage broadcasters worldwide to create awareness for children issues. Broadcasters would air quality programming for and about children.
A media release from ChildFund The Gambia yesterday stated that a selected group of children supported by ChildFund together with other children from different schools in The Gambia moderated all the programmes of the radio for the day. The release added that children were also given the opportunity to engage stakeholders on key topics such as Reproductive health, children and the law, and the rights of the girl child among other topics.
The National Director of ChildFund The Gambia Eustace Cassell had a 45-minute discussion with children on the role of ChildFund in helping the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in The Gambia.

Report reveals media trends among young Europeans

Young people are attached to their mobile phones… But do they still use landlines? Is online television as popular as ‘regular’ television? What is the most popular games console among today’s young people across Europe? And what are the biggest differences between European countries in terms of how they use media today?

The answers to these questions – and more – can be found in the first European-wide Youth Media Trend Report (2011-2011), which was commissioned by the Youth & Media Programme of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF).

The extensive research was carried out by the Belgian research centre Trendwolves, which looked at media use among young people aged between 15 and 25 in five European countries: Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and Croatia.

Researchers mapped how young people use media in each of these five countries, focusing specifically on social networks, internet, telephone, television, radio, newspapers, magazines and games.

The first Youth Media Trend Report of its kind identifies different media landscapes across Europe and represents an important step in measuring, observing and revealing changes in the way young people use their media.

With this research, ECF aims to provide broad access to exclusive data to cultural, political and media organisations and professionals working on youth and media policies and programmes. The research is designed to fill a gap for the cultural sector, which is often deprived from mere facts and figures, unlike the business sector, in which such research data are used for designing successful marketing strategies and forecasting trends.

Interested in finding out more? Download the report in infographics from ECF's website: www.eurocult.org/research-debate

ARTICLES: Saying Yes to Digital Media in Preschool and Kindergarten

Thursday, 8 March 2012

You, a parent of young children, may be tethered to your phone, iPad and laptop. But you cringe at the thought of touchscreens and apps slinking into your children's preschool classrooms. You worry about your 4-year-old turning into a device-obsessed zombie who barely notices the world around her. You might even suggest that screen technology should be banned from any setting designed for young children.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children doesn't agree with you. And with good reason.
Today, the NAEYC, the largest trade organization for early educators in the country, released a statement in conjunction with the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media about technology and young children (up through age 8). Though the groups discourage "passive screen technology" usage -- like TV and DVDs -- with children under two, they don't suggest a ban on screens for preschoolers or kindergartners as some child-advocacy groups have suggested. Nor do they say teachers should avoid using technology with young kids. Instead, the groups puts the onus on teachers to make smart decisions and use technology appropriately.

EXHIBITIONS / PHOTO: Children's Photography Exhibition from Earthquake- and Tsunami-Damaged Region of Japan Opens at UNICEF House in New York

Powerful Images a Result of "EYE SEE" Photography Workshops Conducted by UNICEF in Partnership with Sony Corporation--

NEW YORK, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Sony Corporation and UNICEF today announced the opening of a special public exhibition of children's photography from the Tohoku region of Japan - specifically, the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures most directly impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake nearly one year ago - at UNICEF House, located on East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues in Manhattan.

RESEARCH: Swedish study: Young generation prefer ‘old style’ media

A recent study has revealed that the youth of today prefer to spend their time with their nose in a newspaper or listening to the radio, even though internet technology continues to improve. The study from Gothenburg university, shows that in the 9-14 year age group, 75 percent of kids surveyed preferred to give their time to TV, radio, recorded music and reading normal books – instead of the internet. 

While social networking sites such as Facebook continue to soar in popularity worldwide, the study shows a trend of younger people to keep a distance from the net. In the 15-24 age group, the percentage of people who did not list the internet as a media preference stood at 60. By the age of 30, however, non-fiction and educational book reading was diminishing, as was the usage of TV and radio. The younger generation meanwhile are mostly attracted to the net for music, videos and social networking, the study showed. 

The study also showed that the 9-24 year age group was not big users of tablet computers and e-books, whereas the use of smartphones in this group has multiplied in just a couple of years. Internet has been described as a complement rather than a competitor to older media outlets, and the situation was compared to the introduction of television in the 1950's.

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NEWS: Liberia: Children's Voices Should Be Heard

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

UNMIL Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Moustapha Soumaré has encouraged Liberian children to keep having their voices heard, "The International Children's Day of Broadcasting is a day when people around the world "tune in to kids" to hear what they have to say and on this 'Day', in Liberia, we gathered here to listen to you", Mr. Soumaré said.
The UNMIL Acting SRSG made these remarks on Sunday 4 March when he spoke with children participating in this year's International Children Day of Broadcasting-ICDB 2012 at UNMIL Radio in Monrovia. The day was held under the theme "Our Voices Must Be Heard" and brought together more than fifty children from schools and communities around the county.
In an extemporaneous delivery, which focused on the importance of children in the building of a nation, Mr. Soumaré noted "Children, some of you are young adults, you make up a large part of the population around the globe; you are the future of this nation, your "voices" are the "voices" of the future; you "must be heard", closing with "We "tuned in to kids" today and we are listening!"

NEWS / PROJECTS: Children’s TV News Coming to Ramallah

Monday, 5 March 2012

By Filistin Remawi
RAMALLAH, March 4, 2012 (WAFA) – With the help of the German Goethe Institute and in cooperation with al-Quds University's Institute for Modern Media children's TV news is coming to Ramallah.
Under the title "Prix Jeunesse" (Youth Prize), the Goethe Institute started on Sunday a three-day workshop in Ramallah on how to make children's news and how to promote their programs.
Markus Mörchen, director of the German children news channel "Logo", was invited by the institute to give an insight to Palestinian filmmakers and producers of German TV formats for children and to discuss the question: "What kind of TV news do children in Palestine want?"

NEWS: Internet cafe ban planned for children (UAE)

DUBAI // Children under 18 would be banned from internet cafes under a plan by child-protection officers.
The proposal is being studied by the Social Affairs Minister, Mariam Al Roumi, the ministry's child department director Moza Al Shoomi said yesterday.
The proposed federal ban is aimed at protecting children from exploitation, Mrs Al Shoomi said. "We need to protect our children, especially young girls, from any abuse. These internet cafes are a danger zone."
Mrs Al Shoomi was speaking at the launch of a two-month awareness campaign by Dubai Police aimed at getting parents to educate their children about potential dangers on the internet.

UNICEF is looking for an Armenian – English speaking intern to research on digital access and online behavior of children and young people in Armenia

Friday, 2 March 2012

Current vacancies or internships with UNICEF Regional Office

UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS and Headquarters in New York is looking for an Armenian – English speaking intern to research on digital access and online behavior of children and young people in Armenia for 3 months minimum starting on March 30 or earlier if available. The intern can work remotely but is expected to have weekly progress calls with a project manager in New York. The intern will spend 15 hours a week in researching, translating, and analyzing with weekly working sessions with the project team via skype/phone. 

Please send your curriculum vitae to unicef.youth.jobs@gmail.comand indicate "Digital Safety Intern/Armenia" in the subject line. Click here to download more information.


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