Overcoming obstacles for the activities of Young Reporters.

The Young Reporters platform in the DRC was established by the Ministry of Gender, Family and Children in collaboration with UNICEF. This is an ideal setting which enables Congolese children to participate in matters which affect them, such as education, health or child protection.

Our activities

Young Reporters activities consist of advocacy visits to political and administrative authorities; awareness building sessions with other children; appearing in radio and TV shows (like La Voix de l’Enfant at the RTNC); and also by participating in in the processes at the level of their local constituencies where improving the situation of children is the matter at hand.

Successes

For example, I participated with other colleagues to the joint review of the Interim Plan for articledeo2Education, which took place from 20 to 22 August 2014 in Kinshasa. During this activity, we, Child Reporters, have been consistent in our actions. We contributed our ideas in the sense of improving access, quality and governance in the education sector in the DRC.

Our participation brings a special touch because policymakers are amazed to see children voice their concerns without embarrassment before a large assembly. This pushes policymakers to make commitments following the issues identified by children.

Challenges

Despite this we encounter a number of constraints in the implementation of the right to participation, namely:

– The lack of electronic equipment that can be used for shooting (photo and video), sound and for editing. This hinders the achievement of stories that can serve as persuasive element for authorities in our advocacy visits.

– The unavailability or late availability of transport funds to ensure the mobility of Young Reporters in their respective provinces, this can prevent us from conducting activities outside our town, from reporting or advocacy.

Solutions

Given the above, we Reporters Children, asking all programs keen to involve children in their activities to ensure that all children are invited compensated for their transportation costs and time can go home.

We ask UNICEF to provide the most dynamic Young Reporters, among the different provinces, the hardware necessary for their activities (camera, tape recorder, computer editing program, and camera).

Finally, we ask the various divisions and Young Reporters in possession of this material to make good use of them.

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Deo

Déo Deo a 17 ans, il est enfant reporter et finaliste au collège Kivuvu à Bandundu. Il a représenté les enfants de la RDC au Forum de l'espoir des enfants à Bujumbura en juin 2014. Il fut élu ambassadeur du Forum de l'espoir et a représenté les enfants de la Région des grands Lacs au sommet Spécial de la CIRGL sur l'emploi des jeunes. Pour lui, être enfant Reporter est une opportunité qui lui permet de plaider pour l'amélioration de la situation des enfants de sa communauté

Déo is 17 years old, he is a Young Reporter and a student in final year in KIVUVU High School in Bandundu. Deo has represented Congolese childre at the Forum of Hope in Bujumbura in 2014. He was elected as an Amabassador of Hope and represented children from the Great Lakes region at the Special ICGLR Summit on Youth Employment. For him, being a child reporter gives him an opportunity to advocate on improving the situation on children in his community.

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