Reporters at the TV show "Yalla Nehna" for Syrian children are receiving support in the form of training and consulting. DW Akademie's workshops for video journalists are funded by Germany's Federal Foreign Office.
Last year DW Akademie and the moderate Dubai-based Syrian opposition channel Orient TV developed the concept for a new children's magazine-style program called "Yalla Nehna" ("Let's get going"). Aimed at Syrian refugee children it was produced in just three-and-a-half months, went on air in March and now broadcasts twice a week to an enthusiastic young audience. The 30-minute program shows the children a world that's far removed from war and destruction; it contains informative, child-oriented reports that focus on education and science, along with entertaining components.
Orient TV would like to further develop the program. "With more correspondents in the region it'll be easier to portray the world of the refugee children," says Tilman Rascher, head of DW Akademie's Middle East Division. Over the next three months DW Akademie will be training an additional eight Syrian citizen journalists in developing new formats and producing child-oriented reports. "We'd like to enable Orient TV to produce reports together with Syrian children," says Nasir Al-Jezairi, DW Akademie trainer and project manager. To date, "Yalla Nehna" has only adapted German children's TV reports.