INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHILDREN IN BROADCASTING: CHILDREN, JOURNALISTS AND CSOS ENGAGE.
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Children, journalists, and members of the civil society will engage on how the trio can work together prioritize issues of children ahead of the international Day of Children in Broadcasting. The day was created by UNICEF in 1991 to rally broadcasters around the world to pay more attention to children programs. The day aims to demand for quality programming about and for children and, the most important, allow children to be a part of programming process. Although Uganda has nearly 300 licensed radio stations and 30 TV stations serving an estimated population of 34.6 million majority of whom are below 18 years, little attention is directed to issues of children and very limited child participation. High Sound for Children executive Director, Ms Hadijah Mwanje says journalists are taken mainly by current and political affairs and less is reported on children. “We need to do more as journalists to have voices of children out and their issues discussed because this will result into prioritizing of issues that concern children”. She emphasized. The discussion that will bring together journalists from different African countries and children has been organized by Mtoto News,Kenya in partnership with civil society organizations and intended to discuss the achievement challenges and way forward in increasing visibility of issues around children in the media. The children from Uganda will be represented by High Sound for Children ambassador Stacy Achen, a child activist, and a member of the High Sound for Children Media club. The Ugandan editor’s guild will also be represented by Sylvia Nankya, an editor at the Uganda Radio Network and a child rights advocate. The chief executive officer of Mtoto News, Jennifer Kaberi says the virtue discussion is to provide a platform for media practitioners, children, child rights practitioners to engage on issues to do with children and Call unto the Media to play a greater role in children lives.