September 16, 2014
September 15, 2014
CHILDREN in southern Africa have been challenged to have their voices heard by partnering with the media in highlighting their vulnerability and improving their status in the region.
The Convention on the Rights of Children which started 25 years ago in 1989 charts the progress of children from infancy to childhood to adulthood and along the way there are so many challenges that can only be resolved when media, civil society, governments and all stakeholders address them collectively.
Unicef Namibia Chief of Health, Myo-Zin Nyunt was speaking when he presented the State of the World’s Children Overview of key issues affecting children in southern Africa during a two-day regional meeting of ‘Children and Media’ partners summit here on Friday.
The summit was hosted by MISA regional secretariat and supported by the Save the Children International.
September 11, 2014
Day of General Discussion: "Digital media and children's rights" 12 September 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Room XVII, Palais des Nations
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified international human rights instrument, with 194 States Parties.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child, the body of independent experts responsible for reviewing progress made by States parties in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, during its 65th session (13 – 31 January 2014) decided to devote its 2014 Day of General Discussion (DGD) to "Digital media and children's rights". The discussion will take place on Friday 12 September 2014 during the 67th session of the Committee in Geneva.
The purpose of the Days of General Discussion is to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the Convention as they relate to specific articles or topics. Representatives of Governments, non-governmental organizations, United Nations human rights mechanisms, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions as well as individual experts and children are welcome to take part. The Committee also encourages the submission of written contributions, to be sent by 10 August 2014, please click on this link for more information.
Overall objective of the 2014 DGD
To better understand the effects of children's engagement with social media as well as information and communications technologies (ICT), in order to understand the impact on and role of children's rights in this area, and develop rights-based strategies to maximize the online opportunities for children while protecting them from risks and possible harm.
September 1, 2014
Youth from across Europe have been sharing their ideas - and resources - online on what they would like to see from the internet of the future.
Children and students are asked to be active and participate - there's a chance you could even win a trip to Brussels to present your ideas to European policy makers!
- The first is to contribute with your ideas on what would make a better internet to help to create the Youth Manifesto. You can also vote on the proposals of others;
- The second is to create and share a resource or several resources expressing your ideas for a better internet in the resource competition. Six winners will be selected to travel to Brussels to present their ideas to European decision makers.
August 31, 2014
Organisers of the forthcoming World Summit on Media for Children in Malaysia have drawn up a draft for a Declaration on Empowering Children in 21st Century, which they hope delegates will discuss and acclaim by the end of proceedings on 10 September.
The document is still in its draft form and there will be many opportunities during the Summit to discuss and perhaps amend it to best reflect the expertise of delegates and their commitment to carrying the work of the three-day Summit beyond the event itself into the future.
The Declaration attempts to both state certain overarching principles to guide media for children into 21st Century and also to suggest practical ways in which these aspirations can be put into action.
The 7th WSMC with the theme Media for 21st Century Children will take place in Kuala Lumpur from 8-10 September 2014.
Organised by the ABU and the WSMC Foundation and hosted by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), organisers expect more than 1,000 producers, broadcasters, media regulators, educators and community leaders committed to the improvement of quality media for children.
The summit will provide unique opportunities for networking, debates and workshops on content for program creators, educators, policy makers, digital media innovators and people working in the field of childhood development. It will celebrate children's creativity and development through media and will focus on quality content and the role and meaning of education in a globalised modern media environment.
It will also be a chance for media professionals to see how children see the media, use technologies and envisage their future.
More information and registration details can be obtained here.
August 29, 2014
The organisers of the annual Children's Media Conference are launching a new event, the The CMC Rights Exchange, which will take place in London later this year.
The event will bring together literary agents, children's TV, animation and film companies and children's interactive, games and app producers.
"As the old model of licensing published content is being superseded by new forms of partnership or service delivery models, there needs to be a forum to understand, explore and negotiate those new relationships," said Greg Childs, editorial director of the CMC.
Speakers have yet to be confirmed for the Rights Exchange, which will take place on November 7. The original, annual, CMC event takes place in Sheffield in July.
Mr Leighton was speaking at the opening ceremony of a five-day training on the oneminuteJr workshop on child rights and protection issues, organised by Young People in the Media, UNICEF and the Department of Information Services held at Mansakonko, Lower River Region.
The training brought together children from all over the country to participate in the five-day training that would also serve to empower adolescents on basic skills in the film making conduct interviews with other children in the various communities to obtain materials for the development of the 60 seconds videos.
and there is more on the UNICEF Gambia facebook pages
August 22, 2014
by Thamara Kandabada for VOY
I had the pleasure of attending an event organised by UNICEF Sri Lanka today. I did a photo-post earlier inviting enthusiasts to attend the event, themed #Photography for storytelling, which was in fact a continuation of the #Y4C (Youth for Children) Dialogue. The event featured a line-up of interesting speakers, passionate undertakers of the art of photography, who delivered remarks and personal stories on various aspects of photography.
The event also highlighted a promo of the #CiF(Children in Focus) photography competition, which is a joint initiative of UNICEF Sri Lanka,Metropolitan and Rotaract Shutterbug (a project by the Rotaract Club of Panadura, Sri Lanka).
As such, the event addressed an audience of youth activists and enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds - Rotaractors, journalists, bloggers, Instagram-ers, Tweeps among many others.
The idea of this project is to encourage news companies around the world to hand over some editorial and creative control to young people sometime during the month of November, even if only for one edition.