Communications and Technical Consultant with Panos Caribbean, Leandre Marc Nahum, conducting Youth Journalism Training in Haiti in November 2011 with the help of a UNICEF representative
Panos Caribbean recently partnered with UNICEF to conduct youth journalism training training with young people from the Metropolitan Region, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Director of Regional Programme 2: Children and Youth, Nicole Simeon explained that the one-week training which was conducted between November 7 – 12, 2011 was aimed at the strengthening the capacity of children by raising their awareness on the Convention on the Rights of the Child ahead of the “at the approach of November 20, 2011 which is observed annually as International Children’s Day.
The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day
, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare.
Approximately 30 young people ranging from ages 14 – 17 and hundreds of journalists were trained on the Rights of the Child after which mini radio reports were produced
For one week, the children selected with the support of IDEJEN
were trained with an American journalist, Shia Levitt, a professional radio journalism trainer. This training helped them over the one week to produce mini-stories (about 2 minutes each) on the various articles of the Convention on the Rights ofthe Child, as part of the commemoration.
The radio programmes (approximately 12, on the basis of a report for each child) will be broadcast on five radio stations in Haiti; Caribbean Guinen, Ibo, Kiskeya Métropole).
“Despite a relatively short time of the training, these children, some of whom do not even attend school, were quickly able to grasp the essentials of the training and could were able to conduct interviews and produce the scripts for their reports,” Nicole stated.
‘Their eagerness to learn and their involvement in projects that involve issues close to their hearts show how receptive they can be to new things once their confidence is built,” she continued.