In India, there are multiple events and programs taking place to celebrate the ICDB.
In Lucknow, the local radio station All India Radio has taken home the regional ICDB Award two years in a row. The station continues its excellent support of the ICDB initiative with a 2-hour special for this occasion. A team of producers is working with children on the theme of “Girls are…. Boys are…”. They have planned a mix of songs, radio-drama, poetry sessions, show case of talent, case studies of achievers, etc. They plan to use children as presenters, performers and participants.
Bag Network group is present in high-focus states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Through its FM radio stations called Dhamaal 24, the radio will devote over eight hours of programming by and for children on March 6. Child reporters from UNICEF’s Integrated District – East Singhbhum will come to the state capital in Ranchi and would interact and share their views on the issues affecting children in a workshop jointly organized by Radio Dhamal 24 and UNICEF. Thereafter, the children would be taken to the studio where the adolescents will interact with the radio jockey and will speak on the issues directly impacting them.
In Delhi, UNICEF has initiated a partnership with UNHCR and the national broadcaster Doordarshan. Doordarshan has agreed to give space and a platform for 4 child reporters in Delhi to interact with 4 child refugees living in Delhi (the refugee children will be organised by UNHCR).
The children will come together and design the content for this program and then they will record their 15-minute show with the help of an adult anchor. It will be quite interesting as children share experiences with each other and take a look into each others lives.
In addition, the UNICEF office in India is organising radio broadcaster interviews with child reporters in state offices where the children will broadcast the content and have complete control of the broadcasting.