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Eighty-six countries have thus far registered for the 5th World Summit on Media for Children (5WSMC) which takes place at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre from 24 to 28 March. This is the first time the event is coming to Africa.

With a theme of Media as a Tool for global peace and democracy, the Summit aims to develop a comprehensive children’s media policy framework, which seeks to highlight sustainable solutions for high quality content. The 5WSMC will not only highlight the diversity of Africa’s media environment but will also be a platform for the rest of the world to share global media needs and trends for children.

The 5WSMC is organised by the Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA), in partnership with public broadcaster SABC, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the Department of Communications (DoC), with support from Telkom and the Media Diversity and Development Agency.

Roy Disney of the famed Walt Disney dynasty will be keynote speaker at the event that will be attended by top local government officials.

Countless international children’s and children’s media organisations and NGOs will be represented at the event, as will numerous broadcasters from around the world. Three hundred specially selected children will participate in the plenary sessions and activities. Among some of the activities are radio workshops organised by local HIV/Aids awareness campaign Lovelife, live broadcasts by the SABC and animation workshops from AnimAction.

The One Minute Jnr. workshop will take place a few days prior to the Summit with African youth representing several African countries. CIFEJ and the Danish Film Institute will host the 5WSMC Film Festival at the Summit.

For more information and to register online please visit www.5wsmc.com.

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