Bhutan Broadcasting Service Wins UNICEF Prize

26/06/2012 by

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At this year’s Prix Jeunesse International Festival, the UNICEF Prize went to the program “Tashi and Sakteng,” produced by the Bhutan Broadcasting Service.

Producer Sonam Phuntsho was in Munich for the Festival and was able to receive the award in person for his program.

Read more about the program, UNICEF Prize and the Prix Jeunesse here.


Pakistan Widely Celebrates the ICDB

12/03/2012 by

Mishal is on air at a radio station during International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).

This March, UNICEF Pakistan organized a country-wide celebration of the ICDB by getting multiple broadcasters on board to allow children not only to be directly involved in radio and television programming, production and presentation, but to give voice to their hopes and dreams and share experiences with their peers.

The ICDB theme for 2012 in Pakistan was ‘Every Child in School’.  This theme is at the heart of a strong campaign that UNICEF PCO has launched to get all out-of-school children enrolled. and encouraged them to brand the day and produce special programmes with children.

UNICEF approached 12 major broadcasters, visited their offices and shared some key messages and statistical information on the state of education in Pakistan, especially, about children out of school – 25 million. All 12 broadcasters responded to their request and produced special programmes for the ICDB focusing on the theme.

Participating broadcasters included Pakistan Television (PTV Home/World), Geo TV, Dawn News, Express News, Indus TV, Aaj TV, Samaa TV, Dunya TV, Radio Pakistan, FM 89, FM 100, FM 107 and FM 91.

Geo TV featured a special news bulletin two times during the day with children as anchors, followed by a special news report by children. These packages and stories primarily focused on children reporting from all over Pakistan, including all major Urban and Rural centres. The children reported from their schools and neighbourhoods, with a focus on education and schools.

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Nicaragua Celebrates the ICDB

27/01/2012 by

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Nicaragua doesn’t just celebrate the ICDB with a token show with youth presenters.  UNICEF Nicaragua has transformed the ICDB into a multi-event initiative that integrates culture and social issues for youth and adolescents.    Community Officer Guiselle Alemán Ayala explains that over the past 9 years in Nicaragua, the ICDB “has become a day of social mobilization to put on the public agenda topics of interest of children and adolescents throughout the country.”  The ICDB celebrations include their annual Festival of Radio and TV and, in 2011, the Artists and Friends Concert for Children.  (Because of other logistics, Nicaragua was unable to celebrate the ICDB on 6 March and instead held their comprehensive events over the month of September.)

She shared this video, which shows UNICEF’s multi-faceted approach to the ICDB this past year:

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UNICEF Ends Global ICDB but Encourages Broadcasters to Keep the Spirit Alive

23/01/2012 by

In 2011, UNICEF marked the 20th Anniversary of its International Children’s Day of Broadcasting initiative.  The initiative, which began as a way to get broadcasters to devote airtime to children’s issues, has grown over the years to become a celebration of young people’s participation in the media.  Along the way, it has inspired the development of quality children’s programming, regularly-programmed youth-led television and radio shows and a multitude of special events.  We have seen it embraced by both high-level private stations to public broadcasters in the smallest of countries.

Today we celebrate what the initiative has been able to accomplish and announce the end of this wonderful ICDB initiative.  From the feedback we’ve received, it is clear that the ICDB has accomplished its goals of getting better quality programming and a dedication from broadcasters to devote more attention to young people.  At this stage, with the shift in the media landscape and the excellent developments that the ICDB has produced, it makes sense to declare the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting a success.
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India and Togo take the 2012 ICDB Awards

03/01/2012 by

Congratulations to All India Radio and Télévision Togolaise for winning the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadasting Awards for Radio and Television, respectively.

The winners were announced on 5 December on the special edition “ICDB Awards” website.  Also honored was ATN Bangla, for its long-standing commitment to youth and television.

Read more about the winners’ programming on the Awards website.  Congratulations to all!

UNICEF Launches New ICDB Awards Site

01/12/2011 by

ImageCheck out the new website for the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards.  You can read about the nominated broadcasters, their programmes and their approach to youth and media, as well as watch clips from their nominated ICDB programmes.

Winners will be announced 5 December 2011.

UNICEF Announces Regional ICDB Awards and Nominees

20/10/2011 by

UNICEF is proud to announce the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards.  The awards are given by UNICEF for outstanding commitment to the ICDB by television and radio broadcasters.

This year’s nominees come from Andorra, Bangladesh, Benin, China, India, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Togo and Uganda and represent the best work produced in 2011 for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.  The nominees each won a regional competition and now go on to compete for global honours.

The winner of the 2011 ICDB Awards will be announced by UNICEF Headquarters in New York on 5 December 2011.

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Small country, big voices

17/05/2011 by

A report from Hèctor Encuentra, of UNICEF Andorra:

This year, Radio Ser Andorra joined in the ICDB initiative.

Radio Ser Andorra not only participated during the ICDB but also makes a space for youth throughout the year.

Radio Ser Andorra is a national radio belonging to the international “Prisa Media Group” and has a daily magazine called “l’Hora L”  (the L Hour) presented and directed by Esther Pons.  On this magazine show, every Tuesday a group of youths of Andorra aged between 15 to 20 have their own space called “Ik +” (“And, what’s more…”).

This youth space is about current issues that young people consider important and is a place where they can exercise their right to express their views and be heard. Young people in the program get to interview professionals, technicians, politicians, etc… of Andorra.  The youth ask questions, share opinions and interact, which enables them to form a clear view and objective of the issues that concern them.

During the special ICDB episode, the youth discussed the theme of the ICDB (Girls Are… Boys Are…) and also talked about adolescence, which was the subject of this year’s State of World’s Children report.

The youth participants and the radio station plan to present this Magazine to the ICDB awards so that they can show to all the youth of the world that “young people of a little country like Andorra also have voice”.

300 children take part in Sierra Leone

29/04/2011 by

A report from Issa Davies, Communication Officer in Sierra Leone:

A total of 13 radio stations from the four provinces in Sierra Leone, one television station and one children and youth media and musical group took part in the ICDB this year.

20 children were involved at each of the stations and media/musical group. This means 300 children took part in this year’s ICDB event in Sierra Leone.

Most of the radio programmes were talk shows comprised of children themselves, radio dramas and phone-ins. One was a musical review by the children/youth artists and there was a short television documentary.

The theme, “Girls are, Boys are…” was stretched to cover various advocacy issues on child rights, responsibilities and development such as:

  • equal opportunities and access to quality education for both boys and girls
  • every girl as well as boys should be protected from violence, child labour and exploitation
  • teenage pregnancy keeps girls away from school
  • improve children’s access to free health care services
  • boys and girls should have access to information to prevent HIV
  • we boys and girls should prevent diarrhoea by washing our hands with running water and soap before meals and after using the toilets

Bhutan broadcasters reach out across the nation

25/04/2011 by

An activity report from UNICEF Bhutan Communication officer Tobgye Tobgye:

ICDB was celebrated with participation of children from different parts of Bhutan, involving themselves to reflect and express their voices and opinions. ICDB was celebrated on Bhutan Broadcasting Service, the national Television and radio station and Kuzoo FM as the two stations have nationwide coverage.

In line with the international theme “Girls are… Boys are….” Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation (BBSC) radio/TV and Kuzoo FM observed the day with participation of children (Girls/Boys) on the stated theme in Bhutan context.
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