UNICEF Organizes Children’s Press Conference

Ranchi (By our correspondent): A first of its kind press conference ‘for children and by children’ was organized in the Ranchi Press
Club on Sunday as part of the celebration of the child rights week (14 – 20 November). During the press conference Child Reporter Surabhi, Abhinandan Kumar Shubham Kumar shared their inputs and said that children have the right to survival, development, protection and participation as per the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). As media persons, they urge journalists to provide spaces and platforms to the voices, thoughts, ideas and opinions of children like them.

Dr Madhulika Jonathan, Chief of UNICEF Jharkhand said that 20 November 2018 is the UN’s Universal Children’s Day. A day when the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), was adopted. World Children’s Day is an annual global moment ‘for children, by children’. It’s a day of action - to advocate and raise awareness on the most pressing issues facing children. In 2018, the world will come together on World Children’s Day to reach 1 billion people to play their part in building a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfill their potential.

Dr Dev Vrat Singh, Dean and Head of Department, Centre for Mass Communications, Central University of Jharkhand said he was pleased to collaborate with UNICEF to organize the Jharkhand Children’s Film Festival in Ranchi from 19 to 20 November 2018 in the CUJ campus in Brambe. This festival is also supported by the Children’s Film Society of India. During the film festival children and mass communication students from various colleges/universities will be able to interact with eminent filmmakers such as national awardee Ms Batul Mukhtiar; Prof Shilpa Ranade who is an acclaimed animator and filmmaker; and Meghnathji among others.

Some of the films to be screened during the festival include Ms Batul Mukhtiar’s film Kaphal(won Best Children’s Film at the 61st National Film Award in 2014); Prof. Shilpa Ranade’s Goopi Gawaiya Bag ha Bajaiya(winner of the18th International Children’s Film festival award; &Mr Amol Gupte’s critically acclaimed Stanley ka Dubba among others. During the Film Festival panel discussion on the ‘Representation and participation of children in the media’ is planned besides workshops for mass 

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