Sunday, December 10, 2006

Happy International Children's Day of Broadcasting!!!

I'm emerging briefly from end-of-semester paper-writing mayhem to post a short appreciation of UNICEF's International Children's Day of Broadcasting, which is today! Broadcasters around the world, including Canada's own YTV, participate by showing special programming for kids, and invite child participation in the production and presentation of the broadcasts. UNICEF will also be giving out awards to broadcasters who "capture the spirit" of the day. You can read more info about International Children's Day of Broadcasting on the UNICEF website, as well as on the website of this awesome initiative (that I am proud to belong to) called MAGIC: Media Activities and Good Ideas by, with and for Children.
I celebrated by watching a wonderful short film which aired on YTV this afternoon called If the World Were a Village, based on David Smith's children's book (of the same name) on the global population. The film presents a wonderful overview of what the world's population looks like - in terms of geography, ethnicity, religious beliefs, languages spoken - before getting into major issues such as poverty, hunger, gender, and a child-friendly discussion of global inequalities. A great resource for parents, teachers and especially kids. Ask your library to order it if they don't have it already.

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