Radijojo World Children’s Radio Network is a global media initiative that empowers youth by using the radio and the internet as tools for global learning and cultural exchange. Based in Germany, they work with schools, community radio stations, and youth organizations worldwide to produce programs by children and for children. An ICDB nominee for their program “Kids from Germany Meet Kids from the Balkans” in 2009, Radijojo also has big plans for the ICDB this year. Thomas Röhlinger, Radijojo’s Editor-in-Chief wrote to us about the details:
“Here is what Radijojo World Children’s Radio Network is preparing (knock on wood…). We have two projects cooking that we dedicate to ICDB 2010:
1. An “Afropean” children’s radio show that we create together with children in schools in Senegal, Ghana and Germany. This show will deliver a wide range aspects of life in Africa: arts, music, children’s rights, civil war and positive examples of development. It will also include songs performed and recorded with African musicians plus interviews with artists from Sierra Leone, Mauritius, Senegal, Ghana, Kongo and Burkina Faso that the Berlin children’s radio reporters conducted during a weeklong Africa workshop in the Imme Youth Centre, Berlin. This show is dedicated to all the children in Africa and to our new friends and partners of ABC (Africa’s Best Channel) that will be launched at the ICDB in Nigeria.
2. We will present an international show that is dedicated to the UN Children’s rights of free expression, information and education. Here, we connect the UN and ICDB philosophy with the upcoming World Summit on Media for Children and Youth in Karlstad/ Sweden, where Radijojo will has the honour to hold several workshops. In our show, Radijojo children’s reporters from Mendel primary school Berlin take a critical look behind Media for Children:
Who actually owns the media?
Who is presenting what and how – and what are the motives behind it?
Who is really working for the good of us children and who is simply exploiting our interest in media for commercial or political interests?
We look on bad examples: websites for kids that are ruthlessly commercial (often with covert advertising that is actually forbidden in Germany). We look at websites that are dedicated to kids but increase hate and anger between different ethnic groups in the Middle East.
We look on good examples, including on one that we learned of with the help of UNICEF: a children’s radio team in a refugee camp in Tanzania that was founded by a young boy who simply wanted to make a difference.
We match our experiences with other members of the “Global Youth Council”, an initiative that is part of the World Summit movement: from Australia to America, from Africa to Russia, kids worldwide reflect on the chances and risks of media – a great source of new insights on the field of kids’ media!
Our conclusion: We children have the right to express ourselves, to exchange with kids in other countries, to use media for global learning – free of commercial or political interests, worldwide.
And, as always: Every school, community radio or youth media organization is heartly invited to use our productions for educational, non-profit purposes.
Every school, community radio or youth media organization is heartily invited to join our global radio for kids by kids by simply sending us their reports, podcasts, radio shows or videos that we can present on our global website http://www.world-childrens-radio.net
Greetings and all the best to the ICDB movement members!”