Afghan media group to train 200 street children
KABUL (PAN): A media group announced on Sunday it would train 200 street children in journalism, enabling them to report on social vulnerability. Promising trainees will be provided with job opportunities.
Children from Balkh, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar and Nangarhar will receive journalism training and wages, said Shahir Ahmad Zahin, director general of Development of Humanitarian Services for Afghanistan (DHSA) and The Killid Group (TKG).
Addressing a news conference in Kabul, he said: "TKG and the European Union (EU) have come together, once again, to address the concerns of excluded people that should, instead, play an active role in building a better future for Afghanistan."
He also announced the launch of a two-year awareness-raising campaign by TKG to change social attitudes towards street children and youth, women at risk and the disabled.
The Killid Group will broadcast 972 radio and TV programmes, dramas, round-tables and interviews, talk shows and public announcements through its own radios and other Afghan media outlets the living and working conditions of such individuals.
Also present at the conference, European Union Special Representative Vygaudas Ušackas said: "The EU has already disbursed over 15 million euros for Social Protection and will spend another 16 million euros before 2013."
Nearly 50,000 children have benefited so far from the aid – including 4,000 working children who are now back in school, while over 1,000 women and girls affected by family violence have seen their cases resolved, he added. "Hundreds of people with disability have been rehabilitated and now enjoy skills and livelihoods."
Din Mohammad Mubarez Rashidi, deputy minister of information, Ms. Fawzia Amini, legal director at the Ministry of Women Affairs, and Zahidullah Hatam, advisor to the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled, were also in attendance.
Ricardo Grassi, Killid media development director, stressed the importance of an active relation between Afghan media and civil society organisations for a "TKG editorial policy that fosters Afghan ownership and the right of people to be heard and informed".
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