03 November 2010

CYPDC's Africa Children & Youth Multimedia Conference

Children & Young Persons Development Centre (CYPDC) in partnership with the African Children Broadcasting Network and the Glorious Diamond Productions brought together participants from different states in Nigeria to Abuja for the 1ST Africa Children & Youth Multimedia Conference from the 16th – the 20th of November, 2009.

The multimedia conference is a follow up to the Oslo Challenge, issued on November 20, 1999, which marks the child rights celebration globally. The conference provided an opportunity to create a relationship between children and the media; it created an avenue for the voices of children to be heard, and for children to learn the rudiments of multimedia so as to be in a position to participate in media and in decisions that affect the protection and development of children.

Participants who are children participants and adult producers, presenters and publishers in the field of media for children and young people came together with demonstrable experience and interest in the area of media to share ideas and learn new trends. During the conference, the children and young persons had an opportunity to gain knowledge about issues that will prepare them for the future as well as prepare them for meaningful participation during the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.

Objectives for the conference include: Teaching producers of children’s materials and children that participate in media, multimedia skills. The skills that were taught include Programme & Animation Production, Radio, Website Designing, Press Club and Digital Print Production. The conference was also used to advocate for the rights of young people via a road walk to commemorate the United Nations Universal Children’s Day and celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In addition, the conference served as a springboard to prepare Africans for more participation at the 6th World Summit on Media for Children which is scheduled to take place in Karlstad, Sweden in June 2010.

Seasoned professionals who facilitated sessions include: Nkem Oselloka Orakwue (the convener), Prof. Eme Awa, Mr.Geoffrey Njoku, Hani Asgari (Iran), Omolola Famuyiwa, Hadi Dolatabadi (Iran), Kemi Oyewole and Mrs. Nkechi Ozimi.

According to Ms. Oselloka-Orakwue, the President of CYPDC, the focus of this year’s programme is to facilitate the emergence of a younger generation of media participants and producers who will contribute to advancing knowledge and action in favour of child rights, child care and the social development of young people.

A number of media partners participated and published reports on the conference. For more information about CYPDC, ACBN, GDP please contact: willowsmagazine@gmail.com


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