By Aamon Butao & Esther Manduwa
Timveni Child and Youth Media Organization has challenged the media to provide maximum coverage on issues centering on child welfare to ensure young voices are heard in all spheres of society.
The organization’s executive director Herbert Chidaya made the remarks during the opening of a two day media workshop on child rights reporting in the lakeshore district of Salima.
Chidaya urged the media to give child issues the same priority and focus politics, economy, sports and other news command.
"We want to instill in them(reporters) a way of shaping the general public and society to find stories of child rights and youth to be news worthy," explained Chidaya.
According to Chidaya, unlimited media coverage on child rights would help unchain the country’s children from setbacks that usually impact on their lives ranging from sexual abuse and child labour to limited budget support and child marriages.
Chidaya added that, " We want the reporters not just stop at reporting the story but to also advocate so that the abuses that are happening to children, shouldn't happen at all."
Chidaya stressed that Timveni will be engaging the media on frequent basis in a quest to ensure children are not left behind.
He also disclosed plans to set up a media network which will be working closely with Timveni in promoting child rights.
''By the end of the meeting we should be able to come up with steps on how to have a network that can help in the fight against abuses," said Chidaya.