Rádio Justiça’s inspired plans for ICDB 2010

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Rádio Justiça is the innovative public radio station of the Brazilian Supreme Court that works to teach ideas around children’s rights, respect, and peace to both youth and adults.  Winner of the 2009 ICDB award in radio, Rádio Justiça has big plans for this year’s ICDB. Coordinator Madeleine Lacsko wrote to us about Rádio Justiça’s program, inspired by Marianne McCune of New York-WNYC’s Radio Rookies, who gave a presentation about her work at last year’s ICDB award ceremony events.

“This year, we’re mixing something [like Radio Rookies] with a nation-wide school project.

The really awesome thing about the award is that we don’t need to spend daily hours convincing people that the Supreme Court can deal with children and cares about them. Now people call me asking how they can help this year.

So, we’ve called teenagers aged 13-17 from public schools in the Federal District. They come here twice a week to get ready to tell their own stories or present their own shows.  I’m doing it personally and learning a lot. So far, I’ve given communication training for judges [and have] been a teacher for the children and teens. So, together we are arriving at some point.

[The youth] start always with the theme they want to discuss. We find together how they’re going to tell the story and work together to put everything together. So far, we have programmed:

– a Brazilian music program relating the lyrics to children’s rights
– a sports show talking the right to have fun and peace issues
– stories about how teens disrespect their rights on a daily basis
– a story about the lack of teachers in a public school
– a story about discrimination against gay students
– a story about the problems in the life of a girl who cannot walk alone

Also, the Ministry of Education has web-based radio stations in some public schools. They’re sending instructions to more than 5000 cities in the country about how to make a show or story related to the theme of the ICDB. We’re helping with the technical details.”

Learn more about Rádio Justiça by visiting their website: http://www.radiojustica.jus.br/home/

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