It’s children’s time and the time commences this Friday and every other Friday with the return of Timveni Hear Us Out programmes on the national television channel, MBC TV.
Briefing The Nation, Timveni Organisation’s Media Manager Harold Chiudza said the half-hour show would be aired from 3.30 pm.
Chiudza further said the television show would be running back to back with a radio show to be aired on MBC Radio 2.
“The radio programme will be from 2pm on Fridays. The radio and television programmes are being produced by Timveni Child and Youth Media Organisation,” he said.
Among other things, the programmes centre on debates of different topical rights of children issues, including violation and protection, across the country.
“Timveni has raised awareness to children and youth so that they can be active players in the society. It has strengthened children’s voices through child and youth participation in different developmental processes across the country by holding interface meetings between children or youths and duty bearers so that they can be included in decision making processes both at local and district level; building their capacity in child rights, participation, life skills and advocacy,” explained Chiudza.
Meanwhile, 45 children and 30 youths have been trained in presenting, reporting, anchoring and production of television and radio programmes in Lilongwe, Kasungu, Mulanje and Mzuzu.
The current episodes would run for the next three months.
The Timveni programmes are being produced with funding from Plan Malawi and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).
Timveni is a child and youth media organisation that enables the voices of children and youths in Malawi to be heard by decision makers through the media.
“Timveni has been designed to act as a platform where children and youths can express their views, sharpen their talents and expose their skills as the mainstream platforms are dominated by adults that do not consider the views of children and youth,” Chiudza concluded.