Chil­dren to ‘take over’ the me­dia on Nov 20

Kids will get to voice their opin­ions on World Chil­dren’s Day

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By SHEELA CHANDRAN


PETALING JAYA: Adults, hear us! Kids want to be heard as well.

On World Chil­dren’s Day which falls on Nov 20, about 20 chil­dren – in­clud­ing those with dis­abil­i­ties – will “take over” the Malaysian me­dia to make their voices heard.

Over 10 ma­jor lo­cal me­dia part­ners – print and on­line chan­nels, TV and ra­dio – will par­tic­i­pate in the global move­ment, cen­tred on this year’s theme, #ForEveryChild.

On that day, chil­dren will speak up about what mat­ters most to them. They will be ap­pear­ing in TV and ra­dio pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ments, writ­ing col­umns or act­ing as so­cial me­dia man­agers.

It was chil­dren who pre­sented this me­dia “takeover” cam­paign at the Unicef’s World Chil­dren’s Day press event yes­ter­day.

Four­teen chil­dren, aged be­tween five and 17, hosted the event.

The chil­dren took to the stage and spoke up about their rights to a happy and safe child­hood, free from vi­o­lence and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“It’d been so much fun. We had the op­por­tu­nity to share our thoughts with oth­ers, es­pe­cially adults and lead­ers, about our con­cerns on ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s rights,” said master of cer­e­mony Heidi Ilyana Azmyudin Raj, 12.

The chil­dren also high­lighted re­sults of Unicef ’s month-long Chil­dren4Change Opin­ion poll, con­ducted both on­line and off­line.

The sur­vey re­vealed three in four chil­dren want lead­ers to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery child, in­clud­ing dis­abled, mi­grant and refugee chil­dren. Over 1,000 chil­dren – be­low 17 years old – par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey, held last month.

“When given the op­por­tu­nity, chil­dren in Malaysia showed us that they are clear about the so­ci­ety they want to see and build in the fu­ture – qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, no vi­o­lence, sol­i­dar­ity, and kind­ness,” said Unicef ’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Malaysia, Mar­i­anne ClarkHat­tingh.

“Through­out the day on Nov 20, when­ever you tune in to your ra­dio or TV, go on­line, or read a news­pa­per, you will see or hear a child to send this mes­sage of hope.”

The chil­dren will be on air on Star Me­dia Ra­dio Group’s 988 and Suria FM at 8am and 9am re­spec­tively on Nov 20.

Fu­ture lead­ers: Chil­dren pos­ing af­ter they pre­sented the me­dia ‘takeover’ cam­paign at Unicef’s World Chil­dren’s Day press event.

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