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International Children's Day of Broadcasting is good for children

Mar 7, 2011, 1:12 PM

The Children of the Gambia on Sunday joined other children across the world to observe International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).

This is a day when broadcasters air quality programming for and about children, and allow children to be part of the programming and production process to talk about their hopes, dreams, fears, and challenges in life.

In The Gambia, during this day, children take total control of the airwaves to discuss issues that are in the best interest of the child’s development.

As a result of the commitment of broadcasters in the electronic media in the country, and with support from UNICEF, Gambian children over the years have done  extremely well, during the celebration of this day, by producing excellent programmes that earned  the Gambia Radio and Television Services an International award in New York.

The Gambian authorities should also be commended for giving access to children to conduct Interviews with them, which are broadcast on the day.

Young People in the Media, a local organization, this year staged an Inter-generational Dialogue Forum with the relevant stakeholders at Unique FM radio in order to chart the  way forward for childrenin the country.

The future of our children entirely lies in the hands of the state and parents.

So let us protect them to become productive members of society when they grow up.

Parents should always hold frank and open dialogues with members of the younger generation.