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Bhutan Broadcasting Service Wins UNICEF Prize


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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


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


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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:


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


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.

UNICEF Launches New ICDB Awards Site


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


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.


Across Pakistan, Broadcasters Represent


In Pakistan, there has been a long history of participation, since 2003. This year, numerous radio and television broadcasters celebrated the ICDB in different ways.

On Pakistan Television, the regular morning show “Subh-e-Naw” was branded as a special (pre-recorded) programme for ICDB with children who have experience in broadcasting. Dawn News TV broadast a special News bulletin produced and anchored by children during every top-of-the- hour news. Express News had a special bulletin focusing success stories of children. Aaj TV aired an ICDB-special documentary entitled “Baligh Bachee,” with focus on street children, and created special news packages and one minute fillers on the ICDB. On Geo TV, regular programmes “Khabarnak” and “Geo Dost” had an ICDB flavour with child participation.

Radio stations also did their part to celebrate. FM 89 aired a special, live ICDB programme with children (2 boys and 2 girls) and RJ Ves Malik. Apna Karachi FM 107 also had a special live programme with children and FM 100 aired two special ICDB music programmes with children and RJ Hina.

Mexican children express their opinions


In Mexico, Sistema Jalisciense de Radio y Televisión (C7) tuned in to kids with a special program celebrating the ICDB. The production was called “Pink or Blue?” and was a one-hour live broadcast from the Metropolitan Park in Guadalajara. During the broadcast, children were asked about their opinions about the roles of men and women, how we can change the opinions that women can’t do everything men can and vice versa.

For several weeks children were also trained as cameramen and floor managers, provided their knowledge and ideas for implementing the program and were ready to go on air and share in the important ICDB program.

UNICEF Niger partners with local media


UNICEF Niger partnered with local media on a variety of initiatives. For ICBD 2011, many local radios – including three in Tillabéry, two in Maradi, and two in Zinder – welcomed youth and children to talk about their daily challenges and opportunities as young citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

In the capital Niamey, Television Ténéré, a private media broadcast nationwide children’s messages on a daily basis; in these messages, children talk about their daily struggles at school, at home, and in their communities. They also urge political leaders to act for the betterment of living conditions for children; political leaders have been receptive: both candidates for the second tour of the presidential election which will take place on March 12th in Niger, have signed the “Children’s Declaration” and have committed to act once elected.

Youth Media Guyana Creates Special Program


In Guyana, the organization Youth Media Guyana has produced a special program highlighting the ICDB theme. While this presentation will be broadcast on local television stations, all broadcasters in Guyana have been informed of the observance and this year’s theme and will be doing individual programmes to reflect same. Here are more details about the YMG program, from Andrea Bryant, coordinator of YMG:

Youth Media Guyana will be producing a special 30 minute TV production that examines the theme from a youth perspective. “Boys are… Girls are…” fits perfectly with a Guyanese childhood hand game that goes like this:

“Boys are rotten made out of cotton,
Girls are sexy made out of Pepsi.
Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupiter,
Girls go to Mars to be superstars.”