November 24, 2006

RADIO / EVENTS: Press Release: Media Kidocracy Konference 2006 (SOUTH AFRICA)

Press Release: Media Kidocracy Konference 2006

23 November 2006

A few years ago the thought of Robben Island being over-run by children would have been unheard of, but come the 6th of December, that's exactly what you can expect.

The 2006 Media Kidocracy Konference*, a partnership programme between Robben Island Museum and Bush Radio on Robben Island aims to encourage children between the ages of 12 and 18 years to become involved in the media and talk about the issues that affect their lives.

The theme for this year's conference is CONFLICT AND PEACE BUILDING, making the Robben Island Museum the ideal setting in which the young participants can network and seek solutions to challenges facing today's children and the youth.

Mr. Kwedi Mkalipi, former political prisoner and Robben Island Museum Council member once said "it would have been unrealistic to put a number of people of any political organisation together and expect those people never to quarrel."

So what are the lessons that Ex Political Prisoners(EPPs) learnt during their time on the island that can be of value to young people? The Partnership is very important as it uses the legacy of Robben Island, the lessons learnt by EPPs and the objective of the education department which is "Creating life-long lessons for a Human Rights Culture" that will allow the young people the opportunity to workshop how to use the media as a peace-building tool in a creative way.

This is the 7th annual Kidocracy Konference. A highlight of previous conferences was the International Children and Youth Radio Manifesto, which was accepted at a UN sitting in 2004. The manifesto was drawn up by the young conference participants.

To coincide with the Kidocracy Konference, Bush Radio's Children's Radio Education Workshop (CREW) project turns ten this year, and we're pulling out all the stops to celebrate the tremendous strides they have made. The CREW Project (made up of three groups: tots, kids and teens) have their own radio programmes on Bush Radio every Saturday morning.

At the conference, CREW members will act as hosts and mini-facilitators to their young colleagues from within the region, as well as from as far afield as Canada and Cambodia.

Bush Radio's breakfast presenter Victor J will host his show, It's All Good, live from the island for the duration of the conference.

What you need to know:

What: 2006 Media Kidocracy Konference
When: 6th - 10th December
Where: Robben Island

* The KIDOCRACY KONFRENCE name was specially created for the first KK to denote a form of society characterised by social equality and acceptance of young people with representation for and by young people.


Media interested in covering the event should forward details for accreditation and access to the conference to:

Adrian Louw on (021) 448 5450 or

For news visit:

Chris Schuepp
Young People's Media Network - Coordinator
Youth Media Consulting GbR
c/o ECMC (European Centre for Media Competence)
Bergstr. 8 / 11th floor
D-45770 Marl - Germany
Tel./Fax: +49 2365 502480
Mobile: +49 176 23107083
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