CHILDREN living in rural Sigatoka yesterday identified transport and access to communication networks as hindrances to their ability to share their views and concerns with the rest of the world.
These problems were highlighted during Live & Learn's children-journalist forum at Sigatoka yesterday.
Students attending the two-day workshop, which ends this afternoon, said while they had many stories to share, transport issues and access to the internet, radio or newspapers made it difficult to get their stories and views across.
About 40 students from 20 schools took part in the workshop organised by children's rights and development advocates, Live & Learn and facilitated by The Fiji Times.
Formal education program co-ordinator Makelesi Batimala said the workshop was designed to remove children's perceptions of the media and to assist them in developing interviewing and story-writing skills.
"To raise their participation level to where they can not only freely express themselves but also has an influence on a decision that brings about change, children must be provided a space to achieve this," Mrs Batimala said.
She said through the workshops, it was hoped children would be able to establish networks with the media, develop interview techniques and objective reporting skills for advocacy, and also enhance their confidence in using the media as a tool for advocacy.