WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY:STUDENTS TAKE ON REPORTER ROLES
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Uganda today joins the rest of the world to mark the International Children’s day and the media is not only playing the watch dog role anymore. Nation Television (NTV) in Uganda has joined the “Children Take over Campaign to give a chance to the children to moderate a discussion on their rights. In its morning show, “Morning at NTV” children from Kingstone High School Kawempe took off from field reporter Steven Mbidde to lead the debate on how Uganda is faring in observing the rights of Children. Led by Doreen Dorothy Nakiyaga, the students expressed concern over the continuous violation of their rights including the right to play, right to speech among others. Mr. Jude Achol, the head of academics at the school says the decision by NTV to allow children take up journalistic roles is good and called upon other media houses to follow suit. Kingstone High School Kawempe is one of the schools located in the urban poor areas and currently High Sound for Children runs the “Keep girls in School programme at the school and with the nearby community. Child participation is one of the major emphasized in the convention on the rights of the child and the nine major principles that guide this in the national strategy include accountability, Safety and sensitivity, Training support, inclusive, child friendly, relevant, respectful, voluntary and informative and transparent.