Davao City – A total of 18 youths from all over southern and central Mindanao gathered in a 3-day workshop in Davao City for the Mindanao leg of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) regional Youth Media Summit.
The summit-media workshop was held from November 4 to 6 at Casa Maria’s Inn in Davao City. It carries the theme CRC 20 Na: Ano na? (CRC now 20, how is it?)
The summit was held in the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC). The summit-workshop was for participants who are members of different youth media organizations — print, video and radio — to produce various communication advocacy outputs related to CRC.
According to Angela Travis, Unicef director for communications, UN-CRC is still a fairly young convention and while it has achieved gains for children all over the world, many are still unaware or ignorant of the convention.
Davao City was represented by Holy Cross of Davao College Mass Communication students Darrel Guibone and Mark Lloyd Revilla. The two are also members of the Kabataan News Network Davao, a nationwide network of young TV journalists.
Darrel and Mark along with other participants were underwent training by media professionals from Manila on specific media skills. Resource persons from non-government organizations also briefed the participants on the current situation of children, particularly on the issues of child survival, protection, development and participation.
The workshop was followed by a field production where participants had the opportunity to visit NGOs and selected local communities to shoot or produce materials for their advocacy outputs.
The Davao summit is the third and last leg of the CRC media youth summit. Earlier summits were held in Manila and Cebu, where the youth participants produced numerous CRC materials ranging from news articles, animated plugs, radio plugs, short films, photo essays and posters. (PIA XI)