May 22, 2009, 7:16 AM
The Young People in the Media of The Gambia on Sunday 7th March held an inter-generational dialogue as part of activities marking this year's International Children's Day of Broadcasting.
Held at the Unique FM Radio Station grounds, the forum was held between parents, stakeholders, civil society and media personnel with a view to discuss on the theme "All Children's All Right."
Speaking on behalf of the Managing Director of Unique F.M, Mr. Lamin Manga, Victor George described the day as very important, especially to broadcasters. Noting that information is very important in everyday life, he advised journalists to be very accurate in their work.
For her part, Mrs. Isatou Jammeh, representative of the Director of Social Welfare underscored the importance of the day, which she added, is important to children the world over. She said that the Social Welfare Department is working in partnership with the Justice Department and Child Protection Alliance and other stakeholders to ensure that children's rights are protected. She commended the management and staff of Unique FM for advocating the rights of children.
She advised the children to learn from the forum and improve on their mistakes, noting that adults are partners for children. He further commended the young people in the media for a job well-done.
The Youth Coordinator Fanta Sidibeh also underscored the importance of the day, calling for more support for children. According to her, "the voices of the young should be listened to as they are the future leaders of tomorrow."
As part of the forum a short drama was performed by the Young People in the Media and discussions were made on some of the challenges facing children.Other speakers included Mr. Njundu Drammeh of the CPA and a representative from SOS Children's Village.