A Good Start: Advances in Early Childhood Development

"Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, the Bernard van Leer Foundation funded its first major project aimed at enhancing the development of young children: the Project for Early Childhood Education (PECE),...

Delivering digital stories in contexts with no grid power and Internet

Author: Ephraim Mhlanga, June 29 2015 - How do we deliver digital stories in contexts where there are power and connectivity issues?

African Storybook Project (ASP)

"Our vision is for all African children to have enough stories in a language familiar to them to practise reading and learn to love reading."  South African Institute for Distance Education...

Steps to Engaging Young Children in Research Volume 2: The Researcher Toolkit

This guide, Steps to Engaging Children in Research: The Researcher Toolkit and Methods in Context, complements the first volume of this pair: Steps to Engaging Young Children in Research Volume...

Steps to Engaging Young Children in Research Volume 1: The Guide

"The Researcher Toolkit and Researcher Resource have been developed to support researchers to include young children in research; particularly children aged 5-8 years of age."

Road Safety Mobile Outreach Project for China: Evaluation Report

 

Aprendiendo en Casa: Media as a Learning Tool among Hispanic-Latino Families

"In this study, we look at media access among Hispanic-Latino families, children’s use of content that parents considered educational, parents’ perceptions of their child’ learning from educational...

Digital Media Project for Children

This blog-style website brings together research, observation, and commentary from the Digital Media Partnership (DMP) that focuses on early learning and digital media, especially e-books. "This...
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A pilot project in the Eastern Province of Zambia is working to improve early childhood education (ECE) by using radio to reach out to children who are unable to attend preschool because of poverty, disability, or distance. The Educational...

"People who listened to a radio drama and magazine programme about child health and nutrition in Somaliland knew more than non-listeners about how to prevent and treat children’s illnesses, and practised what they learned."

Running from February 2014 to July 2015, the Early Steps Program (ESP) is promoting increased investments and greater understanding of the importance of early childhood development (ECD) as a means to strengthen the business sector and economy of...

In celebration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, leaders of different religious and faith communities in Panama, members of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), with the support of the United Nations Children's...

This annual report of the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) describes: how they work on child health, safety, and early learning (their strategic plan, decision-making cycle, and the tools used); the progress they have made; and their national...

Since July 2012, Plan International has been using mobile phone videos to reach out to remote communities in Uganda to share best practices in supporting the early childhood care and development (ECCD) needs of young children. In collaboration...

How about using Indian Railways to promote Swachh Bharat!

Author: Anand Shekar, February 11 2015 - Mahatma Gandhi had a long relationship with the railways. The railways were instrumental in the conversion of the...

Author: Michael Feigelson and Marcos Nisti, February 2 2015 - The baby diaper market  - led by Proctor & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark - is projected to reach USD 52.2 billion by 2017. As the market grows, so does the investment in...

"There is no point in having a vaccine if you cannot roll it out. This is a story for donors, who increasingly need to know that the money which is going into developing countries is actually having an impact, and this is a very good example of...

"As you read through this Toolkit, think about how you can share and promote an understanding of the child rights approach with others and how you can apply it to your activities and programming."

"[E]arlier conversations had revealed that while the WASH sector was increasingly integrating with the nutrition sector; and that ECD research and programming experts have been coordinating with nutrition specialists, little coordination existed...

Author: Aishwarya Das Pattnaik of the Humara Bachpan Campaign, December 2 2014 - Running high on speculative delays of gaining a passport and the series of formalities attached took everyone on a whirlpool ride. Many blockages in the form of...

"This edition of Early Childhood Matters brings together articles from India to the Netherlands and the United States, exploring issues ranging from playground design to the effects of noise and crowding, 'public parenting' as the middle classes...

Authors: Professor Sir Roy Anderson (London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research), and Sunit Bagree (Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London), December 1 2014 -

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Femme et Télévision au Maghreb (Women and Television in the Maghreb)

Subtitle: 
Amélioration de l’image de la femme dans les télévisions du Maghreb francophone
Author: 
Sahbi Ben Nablia
Publication Date
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2009

Published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Office in Rabat as part of its 2010-2013 programme to advance gender equality in media content of the Maghreb countries, this guide is designed to help television practitioners to create gender-sensitive TV content and to reduce stereotyping in their productions. It is the first in a series being produced to ensure gender equality in media content in the Maghreb.

Cost: 
Free to download
Languages: 

French

Number of Pages: 

58

Source: 

UNESCO website on December 2 2010.

Femmes et Radio au Maghreb (Women and Radio in the Maghreb)

Author: 
Sahbi Ben Nablia
Publication Date
Publication Date: 
September 1, 2010

Published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Office in Rabat as part of its 2010-2013 programme to advance gender equality in media content of the Maghreb countries, this guide is designed to help radio owners, managers, and producers to create gender-sensitive content and to reduce stereotyping in their productions. It is the second in a series being produced to ensure gender equality in media content and follows the first guide, Femme et television au Maghreb (Women and Television in the Maghreb).

Cost: 
Free to download.
Languages: 

French

Number of Pages: 

92

Source: 

UNESCO website on November 22 2010.

The Language of Water

Implemented by Arca-MED, the communications branch of Arca Consulting, this film project involved the production of 4 documentarie

Communication Strategies: 

The 4 documentaries, each 52 minutes in length, explore water issues in 4 different sectors: water and peace, water conservation, water and health, and water and ecosystems. The contents were developed through a participatory field research process that involved interviews with personnel, acquisition and analysis of relevant documentation, and analysis of emblematic cases and success stories of individuals and communities. There were few formal interviews, since the strategy was to tell the stories with a creative approach by illuminating the daily life and activities of relevant community members. Themes highlighted in the stories concerning water include: innovation; changes in behaviour and practices; cultivations able to withstand water scarcity; examples of community participation or community-based initiatives; and examples of networking, south-south cooperation, and pooling of experience.

The films were produced through co-production agreements with television stations in each of the countries concerned. They have obtained, in exchange, the right to broadcast all 4 documentaries on their channels. The intended audience is within the Arabic speaking region, within the European region, and - internationally - via BBC World or the Arab television channels.

Click here to access, in PDF format, a dossier describing the films and the process in more detail.

Development Issues: 

Environment, Natural Resource Management, Peace, Health, Rights.

Key Points: 

Arca-MED explains that the various models developed by scientists in order to predict the effects of climate change indicate that the rise in temperatures and the change in rainfall patterns will produce more severe effects in some areas, including the Mediterranean. One of the consequences is the "intensification" of the water cycle - meaning that rainfall will be concentrated in fewer, severe storms, giving less time for the soil to absorb and store humidity. At the same time, the amount of precipitation in the Mediterranean will diminish. In conclusion, there will be less rain in absolute terms, and, of that rain, a larger share will be lost because of torrential runoff. All of this will happen in a region where water shortage is a centuries-old problem. "We can tell the story of conflicts about water, of how it affects life in the cities, on the farms and the steppe [per Wikipedia: a biome region characterised by grassland plain without trees apart from those near rivers and lakes]. Of how it affects and is affected by the quality of the environment, and the importance of conserving forests and even desert shrubs to save water resources. Of how cultures and society have developed different norms on its use and ingenious ways to make the best of it. Of the commitment of modern society, and of its failures."

Arca-MED continues: "Across our cultural and social differences, we share the awareness that water is a pressing issue, and of the need to develop synergies to address it. From being the subject of competition and even conflict, water can and must become a cross-cutting theme of cooperation, bridging our differences. Our objective is to use the universal language of water as a means to give birth to debate and meeting of minds and cultures, across the borders of religion, politics, and social layers, aiming at the development of practical, implementable solutions."

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Source: 

Email from Emanuela Gasbarroni to The Communication Initiative on May 24 2010; and Arca-MED website, May 27 2010.

IMF Youth Video Contest

This International Monetary Fund (IMF) contest invites young people across the Middle East, Pakistan, and North Africa to directly engage with the IMF on the issues of greatest concern to them by maki

Deadline Date
Deadline Date: 
September 30, 2010

Geo-bombing: YouTube and Google Earth

Author: 
Sami Ben Gharbia
Publication Date
December 1, 2008
Affiliation: 

Global Voices

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Global Voices Advocacy website accessed on September 21 2009.

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