Laetitia and Jospin, children reporters of Goma!

Children Reporters Laetitia Malira and Jospin Benekire, are making a video documentary on the Goma Children's Parliament.

Children Reporters Laetitia and Jospin are making a video documentary on the Children’s Parliament of Goma.

Children Reporters in action

Today, I had the chance to follow Laetitia and Jospin, children reporters of the town of Goma, while they directed a video documentary on the Parlement d’Enfants du Nord-Kivu (Children’s Parliament of Nord-Kivu).

Initiated and run by the children of Goma, the Children’s Parliament has been, since its creation on December 10, 1999, international Human Rights Day, a school for learning about democracy and responsible leadership, as well as an institution that fosters children’s participation in advocating for their rights.

Laetitia is interviewing a child soliciting the help of the Children's Parliament of Goma, capital of the North-Kivu province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while Jospin is filming the interview.

Laetitia is interviewing a child soliciting the help of the Children’s Parliament of Goma, capital of the North-Kivu province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while Jospin is filming the interview.

Children Reporters have discovered their vocation

Laetitia and Jospin appreciate the technical aspects of their work and seem very professional, placing a lot of importance on managing the light for shooting, and anticipating video editing by planning cutaways.

After high school, Laetitia hopes to study journalism in Uganda and become a TV news reporter in Congo, specializing, of course, in children’s rights. Between shots, she told me, moved, that her best memory as a child reporter is that of Peace One Day, on September 21, 2014, when she was able to interview the singer Akon and the governor of Nord-Kivu province.

As for Jospin, he would like to major in communications, and direct multimedia documentaries for UNICEF or for NGOs that specialize in the defense of children’s rights. He has directed a report on the registration of children with the Civil Registrar, of which he is particularly proud, since it helped raise awareness among a large number of people.

Laetitia and Jospin, children reporters, are posing while making a video documentary on the Goma Children's Parliament.

Laetitia and Jospin, child reporters, are posing while making a video documentary on the Goma Children’s Parliament.

Children Reporters, young talents to be encouraged

Young, talented, professional, activists: Laetitia and Jospin embody the hope for a better future for the youth of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Though advocating for children’s rights has been a central part of the national agenda during the past few years, the participation of children has often been purely symbolic. In light of this, UNICEF and the Ministry of Gender, Family, and Children of the DRC, through the “children reporters” program, have chosen to give young people a voice with which to defend the rights of children, and to take an active part in decisions which affect them.

 

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Gwenn Dubourthoumieu

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu s’est intéressé à la photographie alors qu’il travaillait en Afrique pour des ONG humanitaires. Professionnel depuis avril 2010, son travail est régulièrement récompensé. Il travaille régulièrement pour UNICEF RDC en tant que consultant photographique.

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu became interested in photography while working in Africa for humanitarian NGOs. Professional since 2010, his work is regularly rewarded.  He's a photography consultant for UNICEF DRC.

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