Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The 5th World Summit on Media for Children

More than 1000 international and local children’s media professionals, experts and producers, as well as over 300 children, are expected to gather in South Africa for four days this month to place the Children's Media on the global agenda.

The Children & Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA) is to host the 5th WORLD SUMMIT ON MEDIA FOR CHILDREN (5WSMC)on the 24-28 March 2007 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The summit, which has the theme of “Media as a Tool for Global Peace & Democracy”consists of round tables, workshops, master classes, plenary sessions, exhibitions and a children’s film festival.

The (5WSMC) offers an Interactive Exhibition Space where the flavours of Africa will entice all your senses, the organisers say.

"Listen to Aboriginal story-tellers, taste West African cuisine, dance to the beat of the Burundi drummers, witness first hand the magic of African story-telling."

The ultimate goal is to ensure a children’s media policy that will inform governments and NGO’s on a way forward and will encourage best practice in children’s media.

For more information about the summit and to register to attend, go to or phone +27 11 884-0366.


The above information is based on a press release I received from the PR agency of representing the organisers.

I'd like to attend part of the time, maybe Saturday 24th, but I'm not sure if my credentials as a blogger and aspirant children's books author are enough.

Then there's the time factor. There are portions of the programme that could be relevat to my work, but it's not a great deal - at least, not enough to justify spending the company's time on the assignment. I have a horrible feeling that I won't be able to attend this very important and interesting event.

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