Children and the media – nothing for us without us
With 19 radio stations and one television on air, nine newspapers in circulation and social media rapidly growing, in Lesotho the media has little space for children. When children stories are published, little or no effort at all is put to provide child friendly information. Children feature in news mostly when they are in disadvantaged situations including abuse and general violation of their rights and freedoms.
In response to the challenge, MISA Lesotho since 2010 implements a Media and Children Project. The project which began in 2010 seeks to amplify childrens’ voices under the motto: “Nothing for Us Without Us”. The project builds upon previous MISA Lesotho initiatives, including:
- Focus group discussions on media and children in Lesotho
- Commemoration of 25th anniversary of Covenant of a Right of the Child
- Media productions including Children’s Voice newsletter in collaboration with World Vision and Lesotho Child Counseling Unit
- Regional Conference of Editors and Children in the SADC region held in Namibia in 2014
- Training of local journalists on Reporting Children Stories
- Production of radio programs on the commemoration of 70th anniversary of UNICEF in 2016
- Contribution to the production of “In The Zone” an international newsletter on children and the media.
The aim of the project is to contribute towards advocacy for conducive legislation on the use of social media by children in Lesotho while also providing children with a platform to freely express their views in matters affecting them.
Media and Children Project 2017 /2018
The project kick started with focus group discussions, media production and both regional and local meetings of editors and children in a view to help media to be child friendly in Lesotho.
This year with the support of UNICEF, Children and the Media Project will focus on the following activities;