JOURNALISTS AND CHILD RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ADVOCATE FOR INCREASED VOICES OF CHILDREN IN THE MEDIA AHEAD OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHILDREN IN BROADCASTING.
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Child rights organizations from Africa have called for increased voices of children in the media as the World celebrates the international day of children in broadcasting. Speaking during the virtue discussion on the role of the media in children lives, representatives from Plan international and Save the Children acknowledge the need to have children in the creation of content about them. “Children should be co-creators of media content; in this way we will have their voices out.” Said Grace Nyoro from Save the Children Kenya said. The discussion also attracted editors, writers and media managers from Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and Somalia among others who all agreed that little is done regarding amplifying children voices. “Sometimes you don’t know whether you are amplifying the children voices or actually exposing them. We need more trainings on how to report on children” Sylvia Nankya the head of the editors’ guild in Uganda. The discussion also had children participating. Mundia Lumbindi the child moderator said she was happy that in their country, children have been given the opportunity to speak especially during COVID tough times. The international Day of Children in Broadcasting is celebrated every first Sunday to rally broadcasters around the World to pay more attention to children programs. The day that was created by UNICEF in 1991 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.