Togo youth media activists unite to help eradicate polio
Source: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Date: 07 Apr 2009
By Hadrien Bonnaud
SEGBE, Togo, 7 April 2009 – While Aristos, 16, prepared the camera focus, Marie, 14, plugged in the microphone, Gisèle, 13, checked the sound level and Elvis, 11, put the finishing touches on his introduction to the story of Togo's recent national polio immunization campaign.
Despite their young age, these budding television journalists have the professionalism and technical savvy of veteran reporters. They have taken their first steps in the media world courtesy of the non-governmental organization, 'A Nous la Planète' (The Planet Is Ours), founded and directed by Charles Adom. Since 2004, the Togolese national television channel, TVT, has given the group 30 minutes of airtime every Sunday.
Giving children a voice
In Togo, as elsewhere, traditional media often neglect the potential of children to join the national conversation. The International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) was created to help change that. This year it was celebrated on 1 March, with broadcasters presenting programmes produced by young people, for young people worldwide.
ICDB holds special significance in Togo, where more than half of the population is under 18 years of age.