Child Reporters

What is it ?

Whether budding photographers, journalists or documentary-makers, children are taking control of their rights and analysing them their own way.

Whether through video, photo, radio, written or spoken reporting, children have free rein in making their voices heard and sharing their points of view on their much-discussed rights.

On 1 March 2018, the Republic and Canton of Geneva updated its children and youth policy with a  new law, which recognises children, “not only as subjects of law who enjoy rights, in particular that of being protected, but also as participants in society who have the right to express their views on issues that concern them”.

Child Reporters is an opportunity for children to express their views on the rights that concern them, and to offer their friends and family and the general public their own viewpoints and perspectives.

This project is also open to children across the world, who would have to be supported by a Geneva-based partner.

What are its objectives ?

  • To enable children from Geneva – girls and boys, whatever their background, age, religion or legal status – to express their views on subjects of their choice relating to their rights, and to be heard by decision-makers and stakeholders in this area
  • To contribute to changing mind-sets by spotlighting children’s observations and comments on the reality of, respect for and the application of children’s rights in Geneva
  • To offer children the chance to acquire, develop and make use of new skills (expression, representation, analysis, criticism, etc.) relating to the full exercise of their rights

How can I take part ?

Children interested in becoming Child Reporters have four options:

  • Geneva, its children and their rights: in the form of portraits, interviews, reporting, vox pops or any other format, Child Reporters expand on a subject of their choice relating to Geneva, its children and their rights. The goal is to cover children’s rights in the city day to day

  • Giving a voice to unseen children: 
in Geneva, unfortunately, there are children living on the street, in municipal homeless shelters or even in hospital for an unspecified period, despite not being ill. Child Reporters will also cover particularly precarious living situations with their reporting. The goal is to make “invisible” children visible and give “voiceless” children a voice

  • Children’s rights defenders in Geneva: 
Child Reporters have direct discussions with those involved in defending children’s rights in Geneva before and during the conference marking 30 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which will take place on 18-20 November 2019. 
The goal is to find out how children’s rights are defended in Geneva, for Geneva but also for the rest of the world and – why not? – to ask those involved in the field a few questions

  • At the heart of the United Nations for the 30th anniversary of the UNCRC: the Child Reporters become UN correspondents, providing on-the-spot coverage of the conference on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which will take place on 18-20 November 2019. This involves producing a social media “daily digest” every day of the conference from the perspective of children and a press conference at the Palais des Nations on 20 November, given by the Child Reporters, with the international organisations that have taken part in the debates the two previous days in attendance. The goal is to promote children’s point of view and perceptions in the media coverage of the event

Which partners are involved ?
What tools does it use ?

The children are asked to put together teams from their classes from school, or from some other place outside school.

The School Media Service (SEM) dof the Canton of Geneva’s Public Education Department (DIP) is developing a timetable of classes aimed at teachers for the 2018-19 school year, with the aim of involving classes from compulsory education (from the fourth year, i.e. aged eight and over) and from non-compulsory education (aged 15-19).

A Child Reporter kit [1] designed for children and their guardians, which introduces the project, the instructions for implementing it and the main legal and ethical questions inherent to any journalistic work, such as the question of image rights and the principle of professional conduct towards those being interviewed.

For the Giving a voice to unseen children theme, a counselling service is available before, during and after the reporting, so as to prepare Child Reporters and offer them psychological and emotional support with their approach to finding and gathering accounts of difficult lives.

A whole series of partners is mobilised to enable the setting-up of teams of Child Reporters.

What is its purpose ?

A selection of the pieces produced by the Child Reporters will be broadcast during the conference marking 30 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

There will also be exhibitions of the Child Reporters’ work during and outside the conference.

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