The second phase of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Adolescent Media workshop for secondary school students will take place from Monday, July 2 to Friday July 6, at UN House, Marine Gardens, Christ Church.??
Students, aged 13 to 18, who participated in Phase l during the Easter holidays, will once again be given the opportunity to?? use both traditional mass media and new media platforms – YouTube and Facebook to reach policy makers and the general public with their views on issues relevant to youth and national development.
The training is based on information contained in Article 13 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which recognises the right of the child to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice once they do not harm or offend other people.
The training initiative will see the children continuing to learn about storyboarding; how to write scripts for radio and television and to develop news items for print and the internet with the use of multi-media technology including computers with editing suites, video and digital cameras.
It will conclude on July 6 with a viewing of the students’ work.
UNICEF’s initiative recognises that children and adolescents account for a sizeable portion of the population in all Eastern Caribbean countries, but largely do not have a voice on the national stage on issues that concern them. The initiative also seeks to show that children and adolescents must be brought into the development agenda and demonstrate how they can use the avenues available to shape the national agenda.
Similar training is being held across the Eastern Caribbean during the summer vacation.