Fund-The Gambia and its local partners, Sunday celebrated International
Children Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) at the West Coast Region governor’s office
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is a joint initiative of the United Nations International Children Emergency Funds (UNICEF) and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Every year, thousands of broadcasters around the world take part in the day, celebrating it in ways that are as unique and special as children themselves.
ChildFund-The Gambia country director Musu Kuta Komma said child protection is one of the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which asserts that children and young people have the right to freely express their views. “Elders have the obligation to listen to children views and facilitate their participation in all matters affecting them. The right to be heard should be met in regard to individual children and children as a group.”
Mrs. Komma said child participation is important not only because it is a right but because participation is a tool that children can apply to realise their dreams and other demands and rights. “ChildFund in the field of child and youth participation reflects its endorsement of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as indicated clearly in the global strategy,” she said.
She said the endorsement implies organisational support to the rights of children to be listened to; to express their opinions on matters that affect them; freedom of expression, thought, association and access to information while respecting the roles and responsibilities of parents and others in authority.
She said ChildFund will continue to work with its partners, government of The Gambia, like-minded organisations and mostly children themselves to make this world a friendly space for the live survival and development of children.
Sarata Ceesay from Ding Ding Yiriwa Federation said International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is celebrated every year to encourage broadcasters across the world to create awareness for children’s issue. “On this day, broadcasters would air quality programmes for and about the children. Over the years, broadcasters began to allow children to be part of the programming process, to talk about their hopes and dreams and share information with their peers.”
Ms. Ceesay cited Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that children have the right to information that is important to their health and well-being.