May 28, 2015

PUBLICATIONS: Child-Computer Interaction by Juan Pablo Hourcade

This is the first comprehensive book on child-computer interaction, covering basic concepts as well as the latest research.

The book is ideal for graduate students entering the field, as well as for practitioners and researchers coming from other fields who want to quickly catch up with child-computer interaction research. It can also be a useful book for teaching courses on child-computer interaction.

The book is also a bit of an experiment in that it is self-published and freely available. The goal is to enable more people to access it. The hope is that this arrangement will also make it easier to make frequent updates to the book, making new versions available online.

You can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the book for free from this website. The book will soon also be available in print and Kindle format at The content is exactly the same.

May 23, 2015

EVENTS: European Youth Capital 2015

300 youngsters, 7 days, 1 city – Phiren Amenca, the European Youth Capital 2015 and the Platform of Former Volunteers brings together Roma and Non-Roma from all over Europe to become one community, one movement.
Challenge Europe, change your world.
Cluj-Napoca (Romania) was selected to hold the title of the European Youth Capital 2015 – A considerable occasion to raise the voice of Roma youth on a European level!
Our aim is to implement a one-week summer festival from the 12th to 19th of July 2015 in Cluj-Napoca in order to create debate, reflection and common engagement of Roma and Non-Roma youth activists.
We want to enforce the international structure of volunteers, raise the visibility of Roma youth among youth organizations and to share the voice of young Roma within the European Youth Capital and beyond.
In this manner around 300 young Roma and Non-Roma youth activists and youth leaders from more than 15 European countries will be brought together for a multifaceted program, including workshops, interactions with the local communities and an active public event.
The initiators of the event are Phiren Amenca, a Roma organisation based in Budapest and the Platform of Former Volunteers. The latter is a new project by Phiren Amenca for former and current volunteers of the organisation who want to actively engage and exchange experience and knowledge after or during a voluntary service. The Platform is an open space for the development of projects and exchange that are initiated by its members.
We invite you to join us and start a 'Changemakers Movement'!
Why meet in Cluj-Napoca?
Cluj-Napoca stands in the centre of our event for a very specific reason: On 17 December 2010, 76 families were forcibly evicted without adequate notice by local authorities from Coastei Street in the centre of the city of Cluj-Napoca. No consultation with the affected families took place prior to the eviction and no feasible alternatives to the eviction were explored.
Forty of these families were relocated to inadequate housing conditions on the outskirts of the city (in Pata Rat), close to the city's garbage dump and a former chemical waste dump, while the remaining families were left without alternative housing.
We want to share the interests of the communities and show solidarity!
Why promote youth activism?
We believe in the power of strength of young people! Only activism and the engagement of young people can trigger change!
The voice of young people is often ignored or experiences only little recognition. But we are the future and we should be entitled to create a world that is worth living according to our own needs and imagination. For that reason the core of the event are 48-hour-actions in which teams of participants will have to fulfill a specific tasks within 48 hours. Time management, activities, materials and final presentation will be directed by the different teams and will lie within their responsibility. Whatever is discussed, created and evaluated throughout the event-week shall find its expression and realization in one of the 48-hour-actions.
Youth Activism and the 48-hour-actions will be the first step to realise our idea of a diverse and colourful place to live in!
So keres, Europa?! What's up, Europe?! Ce faci, Europa?!
We are asking this question and give answers through our Changemakers Movement! But who is this movement? We are a big group of young activists from Roma and Non-Roma backgrounds studying or working in non-formal education, arts, the voluntary sector and much more! The support from bellydancers, educators, musicians, teamers, drummers and painters is granted so we can create a unique atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. Discussion about about history and the Holocaust/Transnistria, discrimination, expression through street art will be stimulated and we will provide the space for actions: music and invisible theatre in the streets of Cluj, a temporary historic exhibition on a central square, our own magazine and various public performances and a big final show!
Join in and be part!
For any further information please do not hesitate to contact us via:
E-Mail: Address: Phiren Amenca
Erzsebet krt. 17. V./19. 1073

May 19, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 8th Jana International Film Festival For Children & Youth

8th Jana International Film Festival For Children & Youth - Nov. 2015


The Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (ARCPA/AL-JANA) is launching the "8th International Film Festival for Children & Youth" to be held during Nov. 2015. Filmmakers of all ages and nationalities are encouraged to submit their films made by or for children and youth under the theme "Networking for Change".  Films produced by children and youth under the age of 20 are especially encouraged to apply by sending their films.


The festival this year is held under the CONNECT project"Continued Opportunities for Novel Networks Engaged in Conflict Transformation". It aims to enhance "Cultural Exchanges for Promotion of Rights and Constructive Change".

More info here

May 6, 2015

NEWS: In Nepal, psychosocial counselling goes on the radio

UNICEF Nepal launches a unique radio programme to bridge the gap with the millions of earthquake survivors eager for information, help and support.

KATHMANDU, Nepal, 3 May 2015 – In his more than three decades of radio broadcasting, Manoj Dahal had never felt so excited and anxious. The veteran anchor of Radio Nepal, the national radio station, was about to announce the launch of a special new programme as Nepal struggles to cope with the aftermath of the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on 25 April.

"We have never done anything like this before, and Radio Nepal feels really proud and emotional about it," Mr. Dahal said just before 'Bhandai Sundai', a vision of UNICEF Nepal, aired its first broadcast on Sunday morning.

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April 30, 2015

PUBLICATIONS: Launch of first human rights education manual for young people to combat antigypsyism

Launch of first human rights education manual for young people to combat antigypsyism

The first human rights education manual for young people on combating antigypsyism – racism and discrimination against Roma – was launched on 21 April. The manual – Mirrors - Manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education – was made public for the first time at a side event on The Roma between memory and rights, during the Council of Europe's April Parliamentary Assembly session.

Designed to empower 16 to 30 year olds to tackle individual and institutional racism against Roma, the manual provides educators, teachers, trainers and youth organisations with comprehensive educational activities for groups of all types; those with or without Roma participants, as well as mixed groups.

It has been produced as part of the Council of Europe's Roma Youth Action Plan to help Roma young people participate in political decision-making and to confront the multiple forms of discrimination they face on a daily basis. The overall aim is to boost the inclusion, participation and standing of Roma in the wider community.

You can consult the pdf version of the manual at the web site of the Roma Youth Action Plan.

April 16, 2015

NEWS: BT and UNICEF UK hold 100th workshop on Internet safety for children, parents and teachers

15th April 2015 - BT and Unicef UK today hold their 100th workshop on internet safety for schools. The event at St John and St James Primary School in Hackney, London is part of their partnership 'The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters' which aims to empower children and young people to become confident digital citizens and safely enjoy the benefits of the internet. It also aims to better equip teachers and parents to help children achieve this balance. 

To date, over 2,500 teachers, parents and children across the country have taken part in internet safety workshops at Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools, which supports schools across the UK to embed children's rights in their ethos and culture. The workshops, which have so far taken place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, give both parents and teachers the tools to discuss internet safety openly with their children. This includes how to stay safe online, and that as well as parental controls, children need to understand the dangers of sharing personal details and images. 

Following the 100 schools reached, nine in 10 parents said they would talk to their children more about internet safety and as many children said they would tell an adult if something upset them online*. 83 per cent of the children who attended felt the workshops had helped them use the internet more safely and 92 per cent of parents said they would work together with their child to address any problems.

Through the three-year partnership both organisations are working with teachers, parents and children across the UK, delivering 'train the teachers' sessions, which are followed by workshops for parents and children on practical ideas and tools to empower them to make the most of what the internet has to offer. The partnership has also enabled Unicef UK to expand its UK based Rights Respecting Schools programme to 50 schools in disadvantaged areas with a further 30 schools joining the programme in 2016. 

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April 14, 2015

Call for Applications: Eurasia Doc Documentary Scriptwriting Residency for Filmmakers from Turkey and Armenia

Dates: June 1-13, 2015
Place: santralistanbul Campus

Application deadline: April 23, 2015

How does an idea become a project, and how does a project become a documentary script? How can the film one dreams of, become reality? These are some of the essential questions for any filmmaker that writing must first resolve or at least clarify.

Two French Organisations, Ecran Libre and Docmonde collaborate since 2011 with many local organisations from Central Asia, Caucasus and East Russia (Kazakhfilms, Kyrgyzfilms, Arts Council of Mongolia, …) to propose documentary workshops and transregional coproduction meetings in the framework of Eurasiadoc. These workshops and meetings give the opportunity to the selected film projects to be a part of a documentary film collection ''Lumière d'Eurasie''. Today, Lumière d'Eurasie gathers 49 films (some of them are still in process).

In the 4th year of Eurasiadoc scriptwriting residency project, Ecran Libre and Docmonde invite documentary filmmakers from Turkey and Armenia for a two weeks of documentary development workshop in Istanbul during 1-13th June 2015, followed by a coproduction meeting in Armenia, in presence of European and local producers and TV broadcasters.

This workshop will be held in partnership with "Institut Français en Turquie" (IFT) (French Cultural Institute in Turkey), İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communication (Istanbul), IFEA (French Institute for Anatolian Studies), IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) GAIFF (Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Yerevan), Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul) and ATCP (Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform).

The aims of this project are:
To help people who want to develop a professional approach of documentary film making, with a strong personal artistic approach
To build strong professional networks across these regions and between these regions and Europe

Participation is free of charge. Travelling costs, catering and accommodation are also paid by the project's funds.

Please find more details and the application documents here

AWARDS / CALL FOR ENTRIES: Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for Television 2015 opens for entries

1 April 2015, Hong Kong/Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur - The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), CASBAA and UNICEF are inviting broadcasters and producers to submit entries to the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for Television 2015.

The award is given each year to the best television programming on children's rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region. It recognizes the efforts of broadcasters and producers in pursuing high quality children's programming and better coverage of children's issues.

"Child rights have never been more important, but people need to know about the issues affecting children and television has a vital role to play in this," Christopher de Bono, UNICEF Regional Chief of Communication, said. "This award recognises the contribution that the TV industry in the Asia-Pacific region makes to child rights by highlighting important issues in a serious and responsible way."

Programmes both for and about children are eligible, and can cover any child rights issue. Entries can include documentaries that detail the plight of children, dramas that help break down stereotypes and discrimination, or animation that teaches and entertains.

Entries must have been broadcast between June 2014 and May 2015 and must be received by 15 June 2015. The award will be presented during the CASBAA Convention in October 2015, in Hong Kong.

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OPPORTUNITIES: UNESCO’s Online Media and Information Literacy Course for Youth (DEADLINE 20 April 2015)

UNESCO, in partnership with Athabasca University and in cooperation with the UNESCO-UNAOC University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, opens a third call for registration for online course on media and information literacy (MIL).

This entry-level online course will provide youth with basic media and information competencies to become critical citizens and agents of change. The course is designed to enable youth to:

  • Understand why media and other information providers are important to development and democratic societies;
  • Recognise a need for information and to locate, access, organise and carefully evaluate information and the content of media and other information providers;
  • Use and share information based on moral principles or accepted standards of social behaviour - inlight of opportunities and potential risks;
  • Interact with media and other information providers to freely express themselves, share their culture and learn about other cultures, promote gender equality, and participate in democratic and development activities.

The course is based on the MIL Curriculum and the Freedom of Expression (FOE) Toolkit published by UNESCO. A central theme throughout  this 10-week course is how media and information literacy can enable youth to be actively involved in intercultural dialogue, advocating for equality between women/girls and men/boys, and freedom of expression. 

The course is offered through Athabasca University's online e-Lab, using the learning management system, Moodle. Most sessions will be self-directed, with ongoing interaction with the course presenters in the online space. Athabasca is a Canadian university that holds a UNESCO Chair on open education resources. Athabasca University is an associate member of the UNESCO-UNAOC University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue.

Applicants should be youth (females and males between the ages 15-25). Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from Athabasca University.

In order to successfully complete this course participants will need regular access to a computer and Internet access to download documents, listen to podcasts and view online videos.

To apply, please click here. Application must be completed by 20 April 2015. There are no associated fees to participants who wish to do this course.

This MIL course includes a research component being carried out by UNESCO 

Online Media and Information Literacy Course Units

  • Unit 1 – Media and Information Literacy (MIL): An Introduction
  • Unit 2 – Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue
  • Unit 3 – Media and Information Literacy: Evaluating and Using Information and Media Content
  • Unit 4 – Media and Information Literacy: Using Research and Analysis to Produce Your Own Information and Media Content
  • Unit 5 – Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Information, Freedom of the Press
  • Unit 6 - Representations of Gender in the Media, Books, on the Internet and in History
  • Unit 7 – Media and Information Ethics in Relation to the Needs of Big Business, Politics and Development
  • Unit 8 – Understanding and Evaluating the World of Advertising
  • Unit 9 – The Challenges and Opportunities of Media, Libraries and New Technologies for Youth
  • Unit 10 – Engaging with Media and Using New Technology and Information for Social Action


April 8, 2015

NEWS / TV: UNICEF co-sponsored TV documentary gives unique insights into the lives of child monks

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, 4 April 2015 - Today the Czech Television featured a documentary titled "The Little Monk", which was co-produced by the Czech Committee for UNICEF with the support of UNICEF Bhutan. The documentary presents the life-stories of three boys who were by various circumstances forced to enter a monastery. For centuries, monastic institutions in Bhutan have provided shelter to orphans and children from the poorest families and it is estimated that they currently cater for over 4,000 boys.

The situations that these little monks must cope with behind monastery walls are in many respects characteristic for the country. UNICEF's priority is to satisfy the basic needs of these children, i.e. provide safe water, sanitation, hygiene, and healthcare. In partnership with Bhutan's Office for the Management of Monasteries (Dratshang Lhengtshog), UNICEF strives to ensure that the child monks continue their education and are protected from violence, corporal punishments and all forms of abuse.

The documentary was filmed in October 2014 in the Kabesa, Punakha and Paro regions. 

"I am happy that after five years, we were able to follow up on the story of a boy called Jamtso, whose life was depicted in an earlier documentary Forgotten children. The viewers are able to see a complex image of life-stories and thus better understand the variety of reasons why young boys become monks. It is a unique opportunity not only to become a part of their lives even for a short while but also to make a difference by making a contribution to support UNICEF programs in Bhutan," says Pavla Gomba, Executive Director of the Czech National Committee for UNICEF.

The newly appointed Czech Goodwill Ambassador, the actress Jitka Cvancarova, also participated in the making of this documentary and presented a symbolic cheque for $117,000 to the representatives of UNICEF Bhutan. The money fundraised from Czech donors will be used to support UNICEF WASH and child protection programs in Bhutan.

Source: UNICEF

Info in Czech at UNICEF Czech Republic