Indian children win the One World Media Award
Mini-documentaries by Indian children have won the 2003 One World
Media Award in the category Special Achievements. Children from
disadvantaged areas and depressed situations in India have made
videos about the problems they have to deal with each day. There
are documentaries about child prostitution, child labour, living
in a garbage dump, and living in the smoke and fumes from a hazardous
industry. The films were made by children, but are intended for
an adult public. The video program is called ’Children have
something to say’. Three of the young filmmakers, teenagers
from one of the poorest slums in New Delhi, accepted the prize
during a festive ceremony in London.
The documentaries were created as part of the Plan Nederland project
- the former ‘Foster Parents Plan’. This organisation’s
objective is to help children who live in poverty. Providing information
to educators in developing countries is one component of the program.
Plan Nederland uses all available media to do this: puppet shows,
street theatre, children’s newspapers, radio programs and
video films. The children themselves can explain the problems they
have to deal with; for example, they created the prize winning video
programs themselves. Plan Nederland’s philosophy is that the
most pressing issues and the most taboo subjects can be discussed.
The One World Broadcasting Trust, which awards the prizes annually,
was set up in 1987 by the broadcasters ITV and the BBC. The foundation
supports all types of media whose purpose is to provide a multi-faceted
and in-depth image of developing countries.