Sunday, March 25, 2007

World Summit on Media for Children 2007

Yesterday marked the start of the 5th World Summit on Media for Children, which is being held in South Africa this year. The summit runs until March 28th, and brings together various media practitioners, NGOs, educators, government officials and children and young people who share a goal in ameliorating the quality of children's media around the world, as well as increasing opportunities for children to participate in media production. Here's a snippet from the press release:
The theme of the summit is "Media as a Tool for Global Peace and Democracy." It's organised by the Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa, in partnership with SABC, ICASA, and The Department of Communications and with support from Telkom and the Media Diversity and Development Agency. The summit will bring together 1,000 local and international media professionals, government and NGOs working in the area of quality media for children with a specific aim of developing a comprehensive children's media policy framework, to highlight sustainable solutions for high quality content.

These summits usually produce a variety of good resources and mission statements for use in media democratization projects and initiatives aimed at enhancing children's cultural participation. For more information visit the www.5wsmc.com website.

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