Former adviser to a caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury inaugurates the 1st Child Journalist Convention 2009 at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium yesterday. On her left are Unicef Chief of Communication Christine Jaulmes and Senior Communication Officer Zafrin J Chowdhury.Photo: STAR
www.shishuprokash.com, the website of Shishu Prokash, a news agency consisting child journalists, was launched during the 1st Child Journalist Convention 2009 at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium yesterday.
Mass-Line Media Centre (MMC) with the help of United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) organised the convention.
MMC have trained up 1,235 child journalists since 2005 under its Children's Express project.
Executive Director of MMC Kamrul Hassan Monju said, “These children have achieved the confidence of writing, speaking before people and asking questions to the authorities, which is a great success of this project.”
A total of 1,024 child rights based bimonthly reports by these child journalists were published in Shishu Prokash since its inception.
All those reports were published in the local newspapers and 512 reports were published in the national newspapers.
A total of 1200 reports of these child journalists were also published in several local and national dailies.
These journalists work for ensuring child rights and they work in a group of ten (five boys and five girls) with one team leader in each district. All the 640 journalists and their 64 team leaders were present at the convention.
Former adviser to a caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury was present on the occasion as the chief guest.
She said that one of the reports by these child journalists dealt with a village that had no school. As an adviser to the then caretaker government, she asked the authorities concerned to figure out how many such villages exist that don't have a single school.
She also thanked Unicef for taking the initiative.
Child journalists Tareq Mehedi and Sumaiya Khan form Dhaka inaugurated the website while Asaduzzaman and Nowrin Ferdousi from Satkhira shared their experience and achievements as journalists.
Farzana Sagir Supti from Kishoreganj chaired the convention.
Unicef Chief of Communication Christine Jaulmes and Senior Communication Officer Zafrin J Chowdhury were also present at the programme.