June 2, 2006

EVENTS / ARTICLES: Super Buddies walks tall in Bamako

Super Buddies walks tall in Bamako
By Thabile Masuku

LOCAL children?s magazine Super Buddies will this month be showcased as one of the best child and youth media in the world at the Youth Media Development Forum to be held in Bamako, Mali

A Netherlands-based organisation, known as Plan, is sponsoring the Youth Media Development Forum (YMDF ?06). The organisation has invited producers of the local children?s magazine Miles Communications to attend the conference that will begin on Sunday and end on Saturday next week.

Over 60 media professionals from Africa, Asia, Latin American & the Caribbean will attend the Forum.

Miles Communications? Siphiwe Nkambule will make a presentation on Improving Audiences? thinking and behaviour during the forum. She will also exhibit the Super Buddies magazine as a tool being used for behavioural change among children in Swaziland.

?Miles is very grateful to Plan for giving them the opportunity to be part of other media professionals working on youth and children?s issues,? said Nkambule, in a statement.

She described the YMDF ?06 as a unique event that will bring together media professionals from developing countries to share and learn about media productions with children and youth. Producers; broadcasters; researchers; sponsors; representatives from NGOs, funding agencies and international donors will discover the wide range of child media projects available to promote children?s rights and reach development goals.

?Children and youth form a significant part of the population in most developing countries, yet generally a very small percentage of media programming, much of it imported, is aimed at them. The global aim of YMDF ?06 is to produce more quality media projects with children, using all technologies and art forms available - television, radio, internet, print, video, music, theatre, photography, cartoons, etc,? she said.

SOURCE: http://www.observer.org.sz/main.asp?id=22336&Section=main

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