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Featured Project : 5th World Summit on Media for Children

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Theme: Media as a Tool for Global Peace and Democracy

• AnimAction is an International Youth Media Advisor Sitting in the Think Tank and a Partner of the 5th World Summit on Media for Children's.

• AnimAction has been conducting youth animation workshops in South Africa over the last two years leading-up to the 5th World Summit on Media for Children.

 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

SOUTH AFRICA - PROUD HOST OF 5TH WSMC, 2007

In 2007, Johannesburg, South Africa will host the Fifth World Summit on Media for Children around the theme, "Media as a Tool for Global Peace and Democracy." The Summits - launched in 1995 in Australia - offer a global platform celebrating the rich tapestry of children's media.

Special guests include, Nelson Mandela, Kenneth Kaunda, Zanela Mbeki.

The Summit will showcase the diversity of Africa's media environment, but it will also be a World Summit relying on the spirit of ubuntu - "I am because you are" - to share global needs, situations and possibilities. Our common objective is to ensure that a multiplicity of children's voices is heard.

The agenda will include round tables, workshops, panels, master classes, plenary sessions, exhibitions and an international children's summit. Key themes and concepts may concern issues such as globalization of children's media, children's access in the information society, children's media rights, investing in children's media, comparative regulatory approaches, the role of content providers, HIV-AIDS and its impact on children's media, south-south partnerships, training for adult and youth producers of children's media, how children participate meaningfully in the creation of their own media, research and comparative studies.

The expected outcomes will include research and production projects designed to amplify unique children's voices and cultures, through media created locally and shared globally. High quality content is expensive and difficult to develop, especially in countries where resources are limited, but the Fifth World Summit will seek sustainable solutions.

The Freedom Charter, which exemplifies the foundation of South Africa's democracy, states that "South Africa belongs to all who live in it - Black and White." As we host the 2007 Summit, we note that in today's globalized world, the media too must belong to all - Black and White, North and South, free and oppressed, advanced in technology and emerging, old and young.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child establishes the right of all children to access information and material from a diversity of national and international sources, especially those aimed at the promotion of their social, spiritual and moral well-being and physical and mental health. Children and young people have a right to participate in media and this participation is essential in the face of a rapidly changing and challenging world. The Summit will bring together those - children and adults - who are using media to promote literacy, gender equity, independent thought, environmental responsibility and global health. It will spotlight ways of using appropriate and available technologies to deliver content that complements, enhances, entertains and promotes learning strategies.


OBJECTIVES OF THE WORLD SUMMIT ON MEDIA FOR CHILDREN To achieve a greater understanding of developments in children's television around the world.

• To raise the status of children's programming.
• To draw to the attention of key players in broadcasting the importance of issues relating to children.
• To promote a charter of guiding principles in children's television.
• To ensure the provision of programs for children will be guaranteed as the communications revolution proceeds.
• To assist in the developing world to provide opportunities for quality children's programming in the future.
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 5th World Summit on Media for Children : Testimonials
 Thomas G. Garth, National Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that your organization has earned a Gold Award in the AV/Video category for the 1993 Marketing and Communications Award Program. AnimAction is a splendid example of a carefully planned, well-executed public relations campaign.
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Aug 22, 2007
 Chief Glenn Levant, President and Founding Director, D.A.R.E. America Worldwide
The D.A.R.E. Report animated film is an exciting addition to the core curriculum of D.A.R.E. AnimAction-Awareness Through Animation has created a video for fifth and sixth grade students that is not only informative and highly entertaining, but does an excellent job of conveying the D.A.R.E. anti-drug message by combining engaging animation with strong storyline.
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Aug 22, 2007
 Professor Ray Donnelly, FRCSE, Founder and President, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation (U.K.)
"It has been an immensely exciting and productive experience to have worked with Cliff Cohen and his team from AnimAction. The response in UK schools was extraordinary. The children, parents and teachers enthusiastically participated in the programs in a way that is seldom seen in today's schools. I have great admiration for the way in which Cliff has developed and maintained his project and I wish that it could be firmly established as part of the school curriculum in the UK - I have no doubt that the children would benefit enormously."
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Aug 22, 2007
 Eric Miller, Media Teacher, Ithaca, NY
Hello Clifford, I attended your workshop at Summit 2000 in Toronto. I was inspired by the way you broke down and taught animation to children. I decided to give it a try this year in my third grade class. I wanted to thank you for sharing your ideas. Thanks,
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Aug 22, 2007
 Patrick Scott, Director of Fund Development, LA's BEST After School Enrichment Pro...
AnimAction-Awareness Through Animation proves that elementary school-age children can communicate just as creatively and powerfully in the medium of animation as older kids --- when treated with respect and given thoughtful instruction. Animaction brings a freshness to their carefully sequenced workshop that is magnetic. Their after school results with LA's BEST are absolutely out of the ballpark!
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Aug 22, 2007
 Rocky Delgadillo, Los Angeles City Attorney
"I am very impressed by the creativity the children exhibited in communicating the perils and health risks of cigarette smoking. The AnimAction public service announcements provide perspective only children can give to their classmates and friends. As the City Attorney for Los Angeles, I am using my prosecutorial powers to stop the sales of tobacco to children. I would like to thank AnimAction and their partners for their leadership in this effort. I look forward to expanding our partnership to improve the lives of our children and educate them to the dangers of smoking. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of young people across our City."
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Aug 22, 2007
 Melissa Havard, Entertainment Initiative, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for...
AnimAction's TEAM Awards present an opportunity for young people to be recognized for their creativity and imagination. Through the artistic process, they are gaining important information about tobacco, and its devastating effects on our bodies, and our earth. This program is valuable because it empowers kids to become part of the process of making healthy lifestyle choices.
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Aug 22, 2007
 Rosalind H. Wolfe, Sr. Officer, Political/Economic and Public Affairs, Canadian Consul...
On behalf of the Canadian Consulate General, we are very pleased to be associated with Clifford Cohen and AnimAction -Awareness Through Animation. As AnimAction was founded in Canada, we regard it as one of our most valuable exports to the States, contributing to the well being of our various communities. We especially wish to salute the efforts of AnimAction on behalf of education, which has proven to be a leader in the field. We look forward to working with this outstanding organization and its founder Clifford Cohen, in the future.
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Aug 22, 2007
 Jonathan Sanger, Producer, Elephant Man, Frances, Without Limits, Vanilla Sky, etc.
AnimAction plays a valuable role in our society. Today, media education is more important than ever. AnimAction raises "Awareness Through Animation" about various key issues and offers young students a great opportunity to explore the world of media in an exciting and challenging way. The program is conducted in a highly professional manner, and I would not hesitate to recommend the AnimAction team to any school or community who share an interest in learning through this well-developed creative process. I have full confidence in what Clifford Cohen has developed over the last 13 years.
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Aug 22, 2007
 Nancy Cartwright, Mother of 2 Voice of Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, Chuc...
"The AnimAction TEAM Awards are to be commended for getting kids to take responsibility for themselves, their friends, their families and their communities through this wonderful program. The demonstration of understanding by these kids is truly inspirational. Congratulations and very well done!"
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Aug 22, 2007
 Terry Thoren, CEO/President of Klasky Csupo, Inc.
"Klasky Csupo, Inc. salutes AnimAction-Awareness Through Animation for over 13 successful years of teaching animation production to kids around the world. Their use of professional tools of the trade makes their community-based workshops a unique opportunity to introduce young people to the world of animation. We look forward to seeing their Awareness Through Animation programs continue to flourish."
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Aug 22, 2007
 Frank Gladstone, Head of Artist Development, DreamWorks Animation
AnimAction-Awareness Through Animation, has for years remained one of the best programs for school-aged children that I have ever experienced. I can think of no other group that does so much in such a short time to foster teamwork, social skills, media understanding and health education. That they are able to consistently accomplish these goals, year in and year out, with so many diverse student populations using their flexible yet professional approach is nothing short of incredible. Each year, AnimAction's Team Awards reminds me of just how many young people they have touched with their positive, original, artistically oriented and socially conscious programs.
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Aug 22, 2007
 Jennifer Castle, Producer, It's My Life, PBS Kids
AnimAction - Awareness Through Animation, combines all the right ingredients for getting young people to address social and health challenges in their lives: information, collaboration, creativity, empowerment...and fun. Plus, it's clear that the experience of making their own media has a powerful, lasting impact on the kids who participate. We are huge fans!
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Aug 22, 2007
 Christopher Keenan,  Creative Director. Warner Bros. Animation
What you are doing with AnimAction - Awareness Through Animation and the students of Los Angeles Unified School District is one of the finest examples of "social service" that I have ever seen.
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Aug 22, 2007
 Rona Cole, Coordinator of the Health Education Program, Los Angeles Unified Sc...
AnimAction is one of those special hands-on programs that students are sure to remember. In fact for many students, AnimAction will be one of the highlights of their educational experience. Creating antitobacco public service announcements using animation is a two-day adventure in which students learn important information about tobacco and the tobacco industry, and equally important, they learn how to work collaboratively as a team. Furthermore, the resulting public service announcements make a difference not only in the lives of these student creators but also in the lives of those students who have the opportunity to view them. Students believe in their messages and make the pledge never to smoke. To sum up, AnimAction is an exciting, worthwhile educational activity.
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Aug 21, 2007
 
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