SOUTH SUDAN / WORLD CHILDREN DAY

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20-Nov-2018 00:03:41
Marking the World Children’s Day in Juba, South Sudanese children expressed their concerns, hopes and challenges on live radio broadcasts shows. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / WORLD CHILDREN DAY
TRT: 3:41
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2018 JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, satellite dish and antennae
2. Wide shot, child radio presenter and host
3. Close up, child co-host introducing himself
4. Med shot, guests on air
5. Close up, Daniel Sabri introducing the show
6. Wide shot, guests
7. Various shots, radio hosts
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Sabri, Student:
“I am so happy because the world has also remembered the children – they have not forgotten them. What I want to tell the people who are going to listen to what I am saying is that let them put more effort on their children to go to school because education is what we are looking for. Because there is a proverb that says, ‘If education is expensive, try ignorance” – ignorance is not good. So, we have to try our level best to continue with our education because this is what we are going to depend on in our future. Without education, our life cannot change.”
9. Wide shot, Acting Director General, Ministry of Gender, Mary Kojo Ali
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Kojo Ali, Acting Director General, Ministry of Gender:
“They are asking us very tough questions which most of them we cannot answer, and it is their right that we should be focusing on children, but given our current situation, it looks like we are neglecting them – but we are not neglecting them – it is because of the circumstances that we are in, and as a ministry, we have a lot of strategies and policies that we have developed to address the issues of children.”
11. Various shots, UNICEF official at the radio station
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Vedasto Nsanzugwanko, UNICEF Chief of Child Protection:
“The takeover of radio is to make sure that the children are in the forefront of radio programs and platforms today, and make sure that they commemorate their day in reality – that it’s not only adults who can seat on the chair and interview and run the program, but children also can do it. Actually, it is fascinating and it actually shows that children are able – children can do it.”
13. Med shot, official from Hold The Child Denis Ogen Rwot
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Denis Ogen Rwot, Communications Official of Hold the Child:
“I believe children have a lot to contribute to the society, and I believe children should not be disregarded and assumptions should not be made that we know the best for children. We should work together with children to bring out the best in them, to nurture them.”
15. Various shots, art students drawing
16. Various shots, winning drawing
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Winning Art Student:
“I like doing arts, music, drawings - so I had an idea of drawing something at least to express the peace, way of people to live in peace and actions we should be doing – as peace has come to South Sudan ways to maintain the peace, we should be working together we be united, we love each other so that we can keep peace in South Sudan.”
18. Wide shot, winning student receiving medal and trophy

STORYLINE:

Marking the World Children’s Day in Juba, South Sudanese children expressed their concerns, hopes and challenges on live radio broadcasts shows.

13-year-old Daniel Sabri is one of several South Sudanese youngsters who participated in a radio take-over show, part of a “Speak out. Be heard” campaign, organized by the UN Children’s agency (UNICEF), in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as part of commemorating World Children’s Day.

Co-hosting ‘The Beat’ an upbeat music and interview show which airs weekdays on the United Nations Radio, Miraya FM, Daniel, who hopes for a better generation for South Sudan’s children, engaged South Sudan’s Acting Director-General at the Ministry of Gender, and Unicef’s Child Protection official.

SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Sabri, Student:
“I am so happy because the world has also remembered the children – they have not forgotten them. What I want to tell the people who are going to listen to what I am saying is that let them put more effort on their children to go to school because education is what we are looking for. Because there is a proverb that says, ‘If education is expensive, try ignorance” s ignorance is not good. So we have to try our level best to continue with our education because this is what we are going to depend on in our future. Without education, our life cannot change.”

The children, indeed found their voices, gently challenging the adults.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Kojo Ali, Acting Director General, Ministry of Gender:
“They are asking us very tough questions which most of them we cannot answer, and it is their right that we should be focusing on children, but given our current situation, it looks like we are neglecting them – but we are not neglecting them – it is because of the circumstances that we are in, and as a ministry, we have a lot of strategies and policies that we have developed to address the issues of children.”

For UNICEF, marking the Convention of the Rights of the Child is an important step to ensuring that it is fully implemented. The Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on this day in 1989, spelling out civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. South Sudan ratified the convention in 2015.

A UNICEF official expressed delight at the day’s take-over of the UNMISS radio station by the South Sudanese children.

SOUNDBITE (English) Vedasto Nsanzugwanko, UNICEF Chief of Child Protection:
“The takeover of radio is to make sure that the children are in the forefront of radio programs and platforms today, and make sure that they commemorate their day in reality – that it’s not only adults who can seat on the chair and interview and run the program, but children also can do it. Actually, it is fascinating and it actually shows that children are able – children can do it.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Denis Ogen Rwot, Communications Official of Hold the Child:
“I believe children have a lot to contribute to the society, and I believe children should not be disregarded and assumptions should not be made that we know the best for children. We should work together with children to bring out the best in them, to nurture them.”

At a separate event, an Arts for Peace competition brought together about 30 secondary school students who through their drawings tried to highlight the ‘Childs Right to Peace’.

SOUNDBITE (English) Winning Art Student:
“I like doing arts, music, drawings - so I had an idea of drawing something at least to express the peace way of people to live in peace and actions we should be doing – as peace has come to South Sudan ways to maintain the peace, we should be working together we be united, we love each other so that we can keep peace in South Sudan.

And as children speak out, they hope their leaders will listen to their pleas for peace and progress for South Sudan.
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