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어린이는 우리의 미래입니다. - 'Speak Africa'

2008.12.26

* UNICEF: Speak Africa brings together youth activists to fight for youth rights
* 시간: 03 min 04 secs
* 촬영도시: JOHANNESBURG
* 촬영국가: South Africa
* 촬영일자: 10 Dec 2008


Speak Africa has come to South Africa, and through this pan African communications strategy, young Africans are making sure their voices are heard.


Through a series of workshops, Speak Africa is training youth activists from all over the continent to use multi media tools and channels as well as visual and performing arts to participate in advocacy, decision making and development.


Young people in Africa are particularly challenged and vulnerable as a result of poverty unemployment and disease.


Young people need to be involved in decision making and development actions to ensure that their rights are protected and fulfilled. Through the internet and traditional media channels, Africa’s youth have the potential to lobby their leaders and peers, and to ensure their rights are recognized.


SOUNDBITE: Stella Adiambo Agara, Youth Activist, 26:
“We have had lots of struggles by young people to engage governments, to engage systems and engaged in very violent means to try to get their rights, their entitlements, so giving an advocacy training should then provide a different platform, different methods of engaging government without necessarily engaging in street demonstrations,and without necessarily having to wait until the problem is unbearable.”


To mark the 60th anniversary of the declaration of human rights, the youth activists were able to put what they had learned into action. Through a series of interviews with South Africa’s national broadcaster and a press conference featuring the likes of goodwill ambassadors Yvonne Chaka Chaka and KB and the African Union’s commissioner for Human Rights, they raised the issues they face as young Africans.


SOUNDBITE: Yvonne Chaka Chaka, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador:
“We always say the children are our future and I think, yes they are, but if we engage them now, if we bring them in to issues now and discuss things, the future will even be brighter.”


They also visited Johannesburg’s Constitutional hill, which until the mid 1980’s housed one of the country’s most notorious prisons. Here political prisoners which included the likes of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi had their human rights stripped away.


The prison complex is now a museum and houses South Africa’s Constitutional Court where human rights are enshrined and upheld.


SOUNDBITE: Stella Adiambo Agara, Youth Activist, 26:
“I believe in the young people attending this forum and I think they have the ability to pick out what they hav

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