Puri (Odisha360 News Bureau): Children are the best judge of their own world and they do not want to be controlled by adult members of the society every now and then. They have a better understanding of their issues too and if they are given chance and their actions are appreciated, they prove to project their issues in right perspective before the world in the right forum and in the right format. This is being observed from the interactions during the ‘Creative Media’ organized at Puri.

Open Learning Systems (OLS), a leading social organization, has taken up the programme to prepare the children of different age groups and different cultural backgrounds to understand and raise the contemporary issues of children and influence the policy makers and the civil society to address them. ‘‘About 30 children, one from each children’s club formed and monitored by OLS, from Puri Sadar and Nimapada block and 2 slums in Puri town are participating in this 2 days long creative media workshop. This is an awareness building and advocacy programme under ‘Childeren’s Alliance for Realisation of Child rights’ supported by European Union”, says Mr. Prakash Rath, CEO of Open Learning Systems. “In this programme, the young minds are getting hands-on skills and advice on how to express themselves in through the creative media, especially in the audio-visual platform”, he adds.

“Teaching on media, especially creativity to undergraduate and post-graduate level students could be easy. But, it is very challenging to handle the young children and tell them how to analyse their issues and present them rightly through the creative media. I am really happy to see so many child reporters at one place and amazed to observe their level of participation in the subject including digital still and videography”, comments Mr. Nilambar Rath, senior journalist and communication teacher who is handling the workshop for OLS. Mr. Satyabrata Moharana, a senior cameraperson is assisting Mr. Rath in the subject.
As per the objectives the project, children of said clubs are sensitized to participate in any issue relating to them. Once understanding the problems they sensitize their parents and the adults in the society. Training on ‘Creative Media’ is aimed to help them capture their issues so that they can project the same properly and effectively which will ultimately lead to a better world for them.

Child Reporters of age group 12-18 have taken part in the same and learning the art and craft of journalism and creative media. At the end of day one programme, children watched the award winning Hindi film, ‘I am Kalam’, directed by eminent Odia filmmaker Nilamadhav Panda. The workshop shall be concluded on Sunday.