Children take on the media for the eighth time
Young people from around the world will converge on Robben Island to take part in the eighth annual Bush Radio Media Kidocracy Konfrence (MKK 2007), 5 – 10 December 2007. The main theme of MKK 2007 is the celebration of rights and it comes at the time of the 18th anniversary of the UN Convention on the rights of the child.
Some of the topics identified for discussion by the children at this year's conference include virginity testing and circumcision, child trafficking, cultural identity, global warming, human rights and sexuality.
The conference aims to enable children and youth to identify the social issues pertinent to themselves and their peers as well as to talk about the power of the media – and how to use it.
Conference co-ordinator Nashira Abrahams-De Jongh says a highlight of this year's event is the partnership between Bush Radio and UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund).
This partnership has enabled the participation young people from various parts of Africa, as well as access to various experts in the field of media and child rights.
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