Children’s rights advocate wins media award

A non-government organisation advocating the rights of children has won the 2013 Communication and Development Award jointly sponsored by Divine Word University and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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DWU vice president student affairs, Br. Andrew Simpson (left) handing over the award to Live & Learn representatives, Siwa Kupe Matawe and Marlene Delis
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Marlene Delis and Siwa Kupe Matawe of Live & Learn and Br. McManus speaking live on air on FM 100 through its Community Corner program with host Lahui Lovai

Kimbe-based Live & Learn received the award from the Communication Arts Department of DWU during the World Media Freedom Day commemoration at the Madang campus on Friday, 3rd May, 2013.

The presentation of the annual award was the highlight of the day marked by the University led by its Faculty of Arts.

Communication Arts lecturer, Br Michael McManus spoke of the importance of children knowing the rights to participate in development.

He said children are keen to exercise their rights and participate actively in development when they know their rights.

“Children’s knowledge of their own rights, according to the articles of the Constitution on the Rights of Children (CRC), gives them a sense of urgency to participate in their own development as well as the development of families, schools and communities,” Br McManus said.

He commended Live & Learn for using communication to advocate for children’s rights.

The Kimbe-based organisation was recognized for their efforts in using media to address children’s rights and issues.

Br McManus described the work of Live & Learn as something unique and one that has changed lives.

Live & Learn Training and Capacity Building Officer, Marlene Delis said the organisation is proud but humbled to receive the award.

“The award is a bonus for children in PNG, and we are encouraged to encourage children use media positively,” Ms Delis said.

She thanked UNESCO and DWU for recognising the efforts of Live & Learn in empowering children.