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Rádio Mozambique’s Child- to-Child Radio Network Grows

Radio Mozambique’s Child-to-Child Radio Programmes continue to show how to create a radio environment where children can express their views and take part in decisions that affect their lives. Shows are produced by groups of children all over the country, with 23 different programmes produced, 14 of them in different national languages and 9 in Portuguese. So far, 75 children aged 11 - 18 are involved with a majority of girls (61%) taking part. Eight children’s radio clubs have been created to enable children to participate and, with adult supervision, the youth broadcasters learn to put their show on the air. Radio Mozambique’s Child to Child Radio Programmes is supported by UNICEF and it has established regular network exchanges of shows on children’s rights with Angola and Brazil. For more, contact Coutinho Zita, Radio Mozambique’s co-coordinator of child-to-child programmes at fczitha@voila.fr. Their web site: http://www.teledata.mz/radiomocambique

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PARADE DELIVERS RADIO MANIFESTO TO STATIONS


A parade of 60 young media reporters was a highlight of the first Youth Media Development Forum held in June, ’06 in Bamaka, Mali. The child reporters, accompanied by young musicians, traveled through the streets of Bamaka and stopped at national radio & TV stations and the daily newspaper to deliver copies of the International Youth Radio Manifesto, which highlights children’s expectations of radio and how they intend to participate to media projects. The children also carried banners with slogans to highlight children’s hopes and dreams. After the parade, the children addressed a press conference.

Photo: UNICEF/Chris Schuepp/2006
Ramlah Issah (14) from Ghana interviewing two young participants from Ethiopia at the YMDF 2006 in Mali.

The parade was part of a five-day conference sponsored by PLAN. More than 400 participants from 60 countries attended, bringing together key players from the media and development organizations from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. The goal was to find ways to produce more quality media programs with children, using all technologies and art forms available, while taking into account local realities and using the most effective application of child participation to reach maximum involvement of children in the developing world.

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A NEW MULTIMEDIA NEWSLETTER


In December, 2006 UNICEF's International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) and Voices of Youth (VOY) announced the launch of Media Magic Digest, a quarterly online multimedia newsletter which showcases media projects by, with, and for children. The Digest is for people interested in how young people create media around the world and aims to promote dialogue between broadcasters and young media enthusiasts.
Subscribe to the free newsletter at http://www.unicef.org/voy/mediadigest.

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Youth Media Reporter Moves to the Youth Fund, (AED)


For two years, the Open Society Institute operated the Youth Media Reporter (YMR), an online publication that connects youth media practitioners and interested stakeholders and provides a forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas, best practices, and resources.
As of 2007, YMR moved to the Youth Fund at the Academy for Edcuational Development (AED). Through AED's growing portfolios of work in youth civic and political engagement, service-learning, and civic education, YMR will have access to potentially thousands of educators, youth media professionals, youth workers, and community-based partners working to support youth media. In addition to the access available through internal AED channels, the social marketing expertise at AED will develop a field-wide outreach strategy to further increase YMR’s audience.
For more information about the Youth Media Reporter contact 

Jessica Bynoe at 212 367 4608 or jbynoe@aed.org or visit http://www.aed.org/Projects/ymreporter.cfm.

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Iranian Youth Radio Broadcast from Amsterdam

Beginning fall, 2006 a new Iranian radio station has been established in Holland, aiming at the Iranian youth. Radio Zamaneh (“Now” in Farsi) aims to become the voice of the Iranian youth, according to a statement issued by Radio Holland. Bantiya Moudiri, an employee at Radio Zamaneh, said the new station will not avoid dealing with contentious issues such as sex and women's rights and will counter the one-sided point of view presented by the Iranian media.

Among the organizations which helped to establish Radio Zamaneh is the non-governmental organization Journalism Now. This NGO helped train some of the journalists working for the Iranian station.

Radio Zamaneh's broadcasts will be transferred through satellite, Internet and short wave. The station will broadcast 24 hours a day. Four hours each day will be dedicated to news and culture issues, and the rest will consist of music. women singers will be heard on Radio Zamaneh at all times unlike in Iran, where they are not allowed.

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RADIJOJO

RADIJOJO is international non-profit radio for children ages 3-13 based in Germany. Its programming is free of advertising or commercials.

They recently produced their first English language program with kids of German, Latin American, Saudi-Arabian, Turkish, US and Canadian backgrounds. The half-hour program is about a fascinating project: the children's town FEZitty in Berlin, one of the biggest participative projects in Europe. The name FEZitty comes from the location FEZ - the biggest non-profit children and youth centre in Germany. To get an impression of it check out www.radijojo.de/fezitty.

Radiojojo produces a variety of shows with educational and cultural content: early music education, transnational understanding, health education, ethics, environmental education, science programs, language learning, promotion of peace, political awareness, children's literature, etc.

Founded in 2003, Radijojo is based in Berlin, Germany.

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RADIO IN MOLDOVA YOUTH PRISON

In June 2006, the first-ever radio studio in a detention institution in the Republic of Moldova was inaugurated in the Minors Penitentiary in the city of Lipcani. In the radio studio, young detainees will produce radio programs which they have named "Radio Teenager." The radio magazine consists of news, interviews and musical devotes. Radio Teenager broadcasts weekly.

"Radio Teenager" Studio is a part of the project "Young people promote Youth Voices", implemented by Youth Media Centre and Lipcani Penitentiary with financial support of UNICEF Moldova. Another component of the project is the intern newspaper "AerZona", edited monthly in penitentiary. For more visit:  www.centrulmedia.md

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NEW UK YOUTH RADIO ONLINE

In mid-2006, Spark Radio, a youth-led internet radio station, was set up in Wiltshire, UK to enable young people to discuss events and issues in their area.

Spark Radio will be an extension of www.sparksite.co.uk, the county's youth information portal. The station is accessible from the web site, and provides a platform for young people to air their music and download music from other local bands.

Spark Radio will be run by an editorial team of six 13- to 20-year-olds, who received 10 weeks of radio training from Warminster Community Radio.

The initiative is a partnership between Wiltshire County Council Youth Development Service, the Interactive Media Centre at Wiltshire College Chippenham and the Wiltshire Assembly for Youth.

For more visit: Spark Radio.

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Sharak Atfal (Children's City) - Afghanistan

In 2006, Internews Afghanistan began Sharak Atfal (Children’s City), a children's radio programme designed to present the geography, history and current affairs of Afghanistan in an engaging manner, from a child's perspective.

Co-produced by 3 girls and 3 boys, Sharak Atfal is a magazine-style broadcast that draws on the participation of children to deliver educational yet entertaining programming. Its premise is that children have a voice and can aptly share factual information (as well as analysis/commentary) via the radio medium - both with their peers and with community members of all ages. Set in an ideal imagined city which features an interactive radio, an invisible parrot and a flying carpet, Sharak Atfal centres on children's adventures to address issues of post-conflict psychology from a child's perspective.

The half hour program is broadcast bilingually switching in each episode between Dari and Pashto, thus promoting bilingualism in a diverse country.

Visit Internews Network.

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UN RADIO SPOTS ON DRUGS

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which is based in Vienna, Austria, has produced a series of radio spots with the theme “Drugs are not child's play" as part of its 2006 international anti-drug abuse campaign.

The spots are produced in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and can be downloaded from this site: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/event_2006-06-26_1.html

In 2007, UNODC will produce a radio series on drugs aimed at schoolchildren. The aim of this series will be to take away the “coolness” unfortunately still associated with drugs.

For more visit UNODC.

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Media Code of Conduct to Realise Children's Rights

In May 2006, The Concerned for Working Children (CWC) in India launched its publication the Media Code of Conduct to Realise Children's Rights to a very well attended press conference in Bangalore. At that time the media fraternity of Bangalore endorsed it and the Code got extensive coverage in all major newspapers and a regional TV channel. Since then the Code has attracted much attention and has been sought out by various organisations and institutions. 

The Code addresses Children as: producers of media, users of media, and subjects of media.

At a national conference in August, 2006 on the Media Code jointly hosted by CWC, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Press Council of India, the PCI recommended that the Media Code be given a place in the curriculum of media colleges. The PCI also adopted sections of the Code into its existing Code on media protocol to emphasize the importance of children’s rights
For more on the progress of the Media Code, see www.workingchild.org.
To order a copy of the Media Code, go here: http://workingchild.org/OrderFormPub.doc

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Curious Minds Celebrates 10 Years!

Ghana Radio’s children’s radio programme Curious Minds celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The series trains young people and involves them in regular radio broadcasting. Its success has been marked by a steady expansion and development over the past ten years so that today radio stations in eight regions are broadcasting with children in four languages.

More than 200 children are now part of the Curious Minds group and as presenters and producers. As the children who participate in training and production grow up, they take on an adult role in training and helping younger kids. The topics children talk about on air range from basic children's rights to higher level decision-making that trickles down to affect children.

Curious Minds programs include:UNIIQ CURIOUS MINDS, produced with very young children and airing on national radio; GEMS OF OUR TIME, a youth program airing on UNIQ FM; YEN ADWEN (OUR OPINION) that airs on private radio station Adom fm with support from Plan Ghana.

Curious Minds, initiated by the Women in Broadcasting (WIB), has advanced tremendously with broadcaster and project coordinator, Kingsley Obeng Kyereh, who spoke about the project 2 years ago at the 4th World Summit on Media for Children & Adolescents in Rio. Kingsley is now orchestrating the 10th anniversary event: "We have gone through tremendous challenges to keep this good thing going. The encouragement from WIB to take the group where it belongs has been massive and the Club Mother Theresa Dogbe smiles with satisfaction to see what she nurtured get to this height. But there is more work for us to do to help as many children as possible realise their potential. It has been ten years of giving children a chance to experience real participation, but we are just getting ready to roll our sleeves to reach more children with the message about their rights. For when it is achieved, the world can go to sleep in peace and all the development paradigms will find their fulfillment for the children to implement it -- the real future – will have arrived. This is not just utopia but very possible when all get involved. Curious Minds will still be the place where child rights receive the best of attention, for the children who matter are directly involved."

Contact Kingsley at: tkok212@yahoo.com

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FUN Radio Launches in UK!

FUN Radio is a radio station for children and their families that can be heard in different parts of the UK on DAB Digital Radio (London, Bristol & Bath, Wiltshire, Berkshire and North Hampshire, Essex and Dorset) and streamed live on the Internet at www.funradiolive.com.

Programming is a mix of songs to sing-a-long to, games, and stories. Creators of FUN Radio include the children's radio campaigner Susan Stranks (formerly of the online AbracaDABra radio station) working with HIT Entertainment, the people behind Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina and GCap Media, and the people who make Classic FM.

For more, and to listen live, go to www.funradiolive.com.

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Youth Radio for Peacebuilding

Radio for Peacebuilding, Africa (RFPA) has published a guidebook "Youth Radio for Peacebuilding."

This guide was developed in September 2005 at a workshop in Ghana. Presenters and producers from 12 sub-Saharan African countries explored the skills necessary to make youth programmes which engage the audience and have a positive rather than negative impact, helping resolve rather than inflame conflict.

Youth radio is a tool with tremendous power to build peace. Just as youth are deeply involved in conflict, so too they have the possibility to play a role in building peace. Radio has the potential to harness the creativity of young people. This guidebook is designed to help young people and those who work with them design and produce entertaining radio programmes which help construct a peaceful future.

"Youth Radio for Peacebuilding" is currently accessible online at www.radiopeaceafrica.org and on CD-Rom on request. Send an email with your name, the name of your radio station, and your full postal address to: radiopeaceafrica@sfcg.be.

RFPA is a project of Search for Common Ground, an international NGO that works in the field of conflict transformation. The RFPA project aims to develop, spread and encourage the use of radio broadcasting techniques and content for peacebuilding.

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China Launches Online Radio for Teens

In July China launched an online broadcasting station, www.radio.cn, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Its goal is to offer youth more web-based entertainment. The station is hosted by the China National Radio (CNR). The head of CNR's web site says that the new station will try to find a different way of producing content from traditional broadcasting stations, and that its content, style and thinking will be in line with web communications and habits of teenagers. Tune in online to China!

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BUTTERFLIES PROVIDES TSUNAMI RELIEF TO CHILDREN

The Butterflies Organization of New Delhi, India continues its work addressing the challenge of making the Convention on the Rights of the Child a reality, particularly for those children who are most vulnerable, neglected, abused and exploited. Its current projects include a variety of responses to the Tsunami disaster.

Its latest endeavor is a media project in the South Asian region. With funds from SARIQ, (South Asian Regional Initiative Equity –AED) which in turn is funded by USAID, Butterflies will involve children in newspaper and radio production.

Butterflies also reports the publication of the second Issue of the South Asian Children's Times, a combined effort of the children from across South Asia, has been printed and distributed across the different country and national partners. The newspaper serves as a forum whereby children can voice their problems, opinions and views and make themselves heard in the adult world of administration and policy makers

To learn more about Butterflies: www.butterflieschildrights.org

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Radio Manifesto Translations!

The Radio Manifesto is now available in 5 languages! From the Radio Manifesto page on the WRF site, you can read or download the Manifesto in Portuguese, French, Spanish, and English. The Russian version is available from the FYCE website (go to Radio Manifesto page and click on the FYCE link).

WRF thanks partner organisations, 4WSMC(Brazil) for the Portuguese translation; the Plan West Africa Media Team (Senegal), for the French translation; the Foundation of Youth Culture and Education (Ukraine) for the Russian version; and the Instituto de Defensa Legal (Peru) for the translation into Spanish.

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Youth Around the World Contribute to Manifesto

Three years of discussions and workshops by children and youth around the world resulted in a new international document, The Radio Manifesto, launched at the 4th World Summit on Media & Children in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 19-23, 2004.

Radio Gune YiThe Radio Manifesto began in 2001 with youth radio broadcasters at Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then, the World Radio Forum has helped young broadcasters in other countries in Africa and the rest of the world to develop the text of their Radio Manifesto.

In New Delhi, India, Sunil Kumar of Butterflies Programme of Street and Working Children helped twenty young people add their voice to The Radio Manifesto. The Butterflies youth feel that radio for children, whether done by children or adults, is important and should have these goals:

  • To help end exploitation and misuse of children in India
  • To focus on communal harmony in the country and highlight the ill effects of war
  • To enlighten the public on the status of children all over the world.

Penda Diallo from Kindia, Guinea in West Africa completed workshops with a dozen young people to add their voice to The Radio Manifesto. Some of their conclusions:

  • For children to be able to express themselves on the radio, they need to be sure that they are not taking a risk.
  • It is very important that they are given responsibility and that they have a role to play in the world of adults.
  • With youth journalists, more children would listen to radio; in fact no one knows better how to talk about the problems children face than the children themselves.

In Nepal, Saurav Krian Shrestha worked with youth of Hatemalo Sanchar who contributed these ideas to the Manifesto: Media and radio should respect "child rights to participation" in and through their programs, where they can share their ideas and experience of both positive and negative life-experiences, where they can voice against any set of ideas that underestimate children's ability and potential, where they can speak out against child rights violence through media (TV, internet, radio, print, or other media).

In West Africa, through Plan WARO, youth groups in Mali, Burkino Faso, and Senegal joined other contributors to The Manifesto in strongly articulating the need for radio programming for and with children. But they add a new element to The Manifesto by arguing that radio can help children and parents talk about topics that might be taboo to discuss at home. Such topics include HIV/AIDS, the right to education, the early marriage of girls, and the rights of children to have their opinions heard. The idea is that radio can bring these topics into the open and make it easier for parents and children to discuss them.

If you would like your youth group to contribute to the Manifesto, contact WRF Director Sarah McNeill at smcn@worldradioforum.org, or click on Manifesto Workshops on the left side of the World Radio Forum home page.

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Radio Prominent at Rio Summit

Radio with young people was prominent on the agenda of the 4th World Summit on Media and Children, April 19-23, 2004 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

World Radio Forum Director Sarah McNeill was on the panel of the Summit's first Plenary Session titled: Identity and Cultural Diversity. In her presentation, McNeill presented to the world the completed Radio Manifesto. Read or download The Radio Manifesto on the World Radio Forum site.

Two other sessions at the Summit also highlighted the special role of radio. A session titled "Children and Radio" featured producers from Brazil and Mozambique who produce radio with children. Another session titled “Radio and Its Possibilities” analyzed radio as a medium that can level the playing field and suggested ways to make it even more effective when connected to the Internet. The session included WRF members Mimi Brazeau from PLAN West Africa and Kingsley Obeng-Kyereh from Ghana.

Read all the results of the Rio Summit at its web site. The web site is available in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. www.riosummit2004.com.br.

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WRF ACTIVE AT UN SPECIAL SESSION ON CHILDREN

At the May 2002 UN Special Session on Children in New York, the WRF was an active presence.

The WRF facilitated events sponsored by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, highlighting youth participation and the educational and social role of community radio for children affected by armed conflict.

WRF Director Sarah McNeill led two events:

  • Interview with Radio Rookies. Young journalists from around the world attending the UN Special Session discussed issues with WNYC Radio's teen reporters “Radio Rookies.” The teens discussed issues facing children in conflict and post-conflict environments from New York City to Belfast to South Africa. The discussion was broadcast on May 10, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM, on WNYC 93.9 FM/ AM 820.
     

  • Mediating Change: Youth Journalists and Children and Armed Conflict, was a workshop held during the Special Session. It gave young journalists an opportunity to present ideas for advancing partnerships among various development sectors. It also put a spotlight on what problems youth journalists attending the SSOC expected to face upon returning home in putting across the messages they wish to communicate. The especially discussed advocating for child rights and youth participation in the media to promote the status and the empowerment of children affected by armed conflict. This event was sponsored by OSRSG/CAC.

Also during the UN Special Session, WRF member Lou Giansante attended with two kid reporters (12 and 13) from Scholastic Publishing's News Zone Radio, an Internet radio news program for kids. The young reporters interviewed adult and kid delegates, covered a march for children's rights through New York streets, and gathered other material to produce 4 audio reports on the News Zone Radio website. You can hear one of their reports. Click here to listen. And learn all about the UN Special Session.
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