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Pakistan Widely Celebrates the ICDB


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.



Nicaragua Celebrates the ICDB


(Post includes videos.)

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:


Morocco Joins in Again


Last year, 2M Soread won the regional ICDB Award for television. UNICEF Communication officer Annis Maghri from Morocco shares their plans to repeat this year:

This year we are renewing our partnership with 2M Soread to celebrate ICDB. This 6th March, 2M is going to dedicate its programs to promote children and adolescents participation in their preparation and presentation. Breaking news and emissions will make a version for children’s rights. Programs covered are: Ajial (Generations dedicated to youth), Farid Aalam (dedicated to children and adolescents), Dar Wa Decor: (for families) and Bghit Naâraf (Youth).

Radijojo joins ICDB


Thomas Röhlinger, Founder & Editor in Chief of Radijojo World Children’s Radio Network, shares the stations plan to engage the global voices of girls and boys:

Greetings from Berlin, dear friends of the ICDB movement!

From Argentina to Afghanistan, from Russia to the Colombia, from Germany to Uganda, from Chile to Russia: Girls and boys of all age groups from across the globe come together for this years Radijojo’s ICDB entry.

The young radio talents will share their views and experiences with their peers worldwide, to raise awareness for the diversity of cultures and lifestiles they present, for the many things all children have in common – and for the pressing needs of so many children worldwide that are still unmet.

India Participation Spreads Across the Country


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.

Liberian Children use radio to advocate for their rights


by Adolphus Scott, UNICEF Liberia

Children across Liberia celebrated this year’s ICDB as all FM Radio Stations and 20 Community Radio Stations provided opportunity to the children to air their views and advocate on the issues that affect them.

“Kids you are coming on next right after this music,” says Patrick Okai one of the radio producers at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Radio. “Who’s doing the news update in this final segment? We need to wrap up guys we are at the end of this program.”

“It is me,” Yei Danlette Suah 16 years, one of the child broadcasters dressed in her blue T–shirt with the inscription “Tune in to Kids” on the front. With her neatly written script, and earphones on her ears, Yei went on to read the UNMIL Radio news.”

Télévision Togolaise’s “A Planet for Us” highlights children’s rights on the ICDB


On this year’s ICDB, Télévision Togolaise’s children’s program, A Nous La Planete (A Planet for Us), aired stories that focused attention on children living on the streets who have little or no access to basic rights like food and education. Télévision Togolaise won an ICDB regional award last year. We received this summary from UNICEF Togo’s Essi Fafa Soulé. (more…)

ICDB celebration sparks new collaborations for Radijojo


An exciting outcome of broadcasters all over the world celebrating the ICDB is the collaboration across national and cultural boundaries spearheaded by Radijojo, the first international children’s radio program. In the wake of their five-hour-long ICDB programming on 7 March, including the shows “A Journey through Africa,” and “This is Europe,” we received this enthusiastic update from Thomas Röhlinger, Radijojo’s Editor-in-Chief. (more…)

Committing to children’s rights on the ICDB in The Gambia


In The Gambia, local leaders, parents, teachers, media professionals, and others invested in the welfare of children gathered together with almost 200 youth to celebrate the ICDB on 7 March. The Intergenerational Dialogue forum was organized by the local organization Young People in the Media (YPM) as a way to promote children’s rights through the media. Throughout the forum, several key speeches by leaders such as Victor George from Unique FM, and Fanta Bai Secka, director of the Department of Social Welfare, confirmed The Gambia’s commitment to promoting youth voices and advocating for children’s issues in the media.

Read an article on the event in The Gambia’s newspaper Today here.

Germany’s KI.KA has special show for ICDB


The German children’s channel KI.KA will carry a special report on the ICDB called “Finally in School! Ben in Rwanda,” a show that will explore a situation where children’s rights aren’t always realized in the everyday lives of kids.

Ben visits Rwanda and gets to see both children in school and those who are not so fortunate. He visits the Murama School in the Murama/Gasabo District, which takes part in the “Schools for Africa” project of UNICEF. There he sees young people taking charge of their fates with the help of education. He also visits with a number of other children who are not so fortunate to go to school.

The show’s purpose is to encourage German children to stand up for children elsewhere and to challenge the stereotypes that Western media often portrays to its spectators.