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One talk for all

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, November 25, 2012

YOUTHS and media representatives from the Pacific region got the chance to be part of the UNICEF One Talk 4 All youth led media workshop in Suva last month.

More than 20 participants learnt of issues that children and youths from the region face such as education, climate change, Non Communicable Diseases and Sexual Transmitted Diseases.

The workshop gave the participants an opportunity to describe the different problems youths from countries like Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu face and how best they could be solved.

UNICEF Pacific representative Isiye Ndombi said the youth-led media was an element that would involve youth and children more and better in the development of the Pacific.

Mr Ndombi said the achievement of the participants in the workshop has successfully demonstrated the capacity of Pacific producers to produce quality media for, with and about youth and children.

"At UNICEF, we think it is simply because there have so far been inadequate resources and innovation invested in media for, with and about youth in the pacific," Mr Ndombi said.

"UNICEF will continue to be a partner with youths and children of all the Pacific countries.

"Youth-led media is a right and all nations and partners who have signed onto the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) have an obligation to facilitate the realisation of this right."

Pasifika Communication managing director and workshop facilitator Glen Hughes said the problems discussed during the workshop were very relevant and important to the Pacific as a whole.

Mr Hughes said to get youths involved in helping address these problems are a great approach.

"I applaud UNICEF for taking this initiative," Mr Hughes said.

"TV and radio production are prominent media in the Pacific, although we had little time to teach production techniques, the participants did learn the importance of team work in all stages of production.

"And when using a well conceived idea and professional production techniques, the communication message presented through these media can potentially have a huge impact on its audience such as children and youths out there."

The workshop focused on how media could help children in getting the message across particularly problems they face around the region.





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