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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Nominations for The Peace Gong Karmaveer Award for best Child Reporter

Nominations for The Peace Gong 
Karmaveer Award for best 
Child Reporter

One of the focuses of the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation is to promote Media and Information Literacy Education. The effort is not only to develop communicative skills amongst children but also develop their capacities to be active consumers of media. Through this initiative, the effort is to develop critical understanding of the media amongst children. It trains children to develop their own media products including newspapers, films and radio programmes. As part of this effort, it is promoting a children’s e-paper, The Peace Gong.
The right of the child to express herself/himself through the media is underlined in the Article 13 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child which says: The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.
One of the aims of the  Media and Information Literacy Education programme is to encourage children to understand and write on issues concerning them and the society. In this context to recognize and promote child reporting initiatives on social issues, the Foundation in association with iCongo is launching the Peace Gong Karmaveer Puraskar for the best child reporter.

Who can apply for the award?
1)       Children between 14-17 years of age.
2)      To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the Foundation has initiated Project Gitanjali to promote children’s action on peace and environment. The theme for the Award is the ‘linkage between peace and environment’.
3)      The child who is sending her/his nomination for the award should be able to write a real and properly documented based on real life stories and not fiction.
4)     It should necessarily reflect the journalistic style of writing.
5)      It should not be more than 1200 words in length.
6)     The medium should be either in English or Hindi.
7)      Age proof of the child is essential for applying for the award.
All nominations should be sent to: Prof T K Thomas, Chairperson, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation at rabindranathtagorefoundation@gmail.com
The last date of sending of nominations is October 10, 2011. 

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