Dec 14, 2012, 9:32 AM
The Round-table Meeting on
The Meeting aimed to create a platform for dialogue between
young people, child media experts, civil society, UN Agencies, and political
leaders to recognise the young as important partners in the
Abdou Jatta, President Young People in the Media (YPM), represented the Gambian children and young people at the Round-table Meeting.
The Meeting discussed how NEPAD addresses issues related to children, different methods and experiences of child participation. It also deliberates on how children can be involved in the implementation of NEPAD's programmes.
The Gambian young delegate made two powerful presentations at the Meeting, "Children and Youth" and "What is our role?" In his presentation, Jatta highlighted the numerous initiatives taken by young people on the continent in the area of skills, labour, agriculture, engineering and mechanism. He however raised concerns on the challenges hindering the development of young people on the continent such as conflict, youth unemployment, and illegal migration.
In giving his presentation on Child Media in
He added that the presentation or misrepresentation of issues related to children and young people by the media can greatly influence decisions taken on behalf of children.
The Round-table Meeting on NEPAD and Children was a joint initiative of the African Child Policy Forum and Plan International. It brought together representatives from UN Agencies, NEPAD Secretariat, regional child focused organizations, experts in child participation and Child Media representation.