Created in 1936, Plan is a non-governmental agency that works in 49 developing countries in Africa, America and Asia and supports millions of children as well as their communities. This work is made possible thanks to donors from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Through targeted campaigns, Plan gives children the chance to speak about their daily life and development questions. Surrounded by media professionals, children express themselves and assert their rights.
Plan has more then about sixty media projects for children in dozens of developing countries. Through videos, radio broadcasts, drawings or cartoons, these programmes help children to make quality productions. The objective is threefold: to inform them of their rights, to offer them the means to express themselves and a space to create and play.
In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 150 million children live in extreme poverty. It is children who are most exposed to malnutrition, conflicts, epidemics, and lack of schooling. The West African Plan office, based in Dakar, launched two major campaigns in favour of children: "I am a child but I have my rights too!" and "Kids Waves".
The regional radio campaign "I am a child but I have my rights too!" started in 1998 in collaboration with close to 100 radio stations. The broadcast informs parents, children and authorities on their roles and responsibilities in order to respect the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to involve children in the process. Thirty stories have been created to promote the right to go to school, to have access to drinking water, to grow up in good health, etc...
"Kids Waves" makes up the second wave of the regional radio project then, in place nationally across West Africa. It is a weekly programme of 30 minutes, broadcast in local languages. The broadcast is hosted by children and visits a different village every week. The village children concerned are also invited to take part in the broadcast as presenters and reporters.
Through these campaigns, Plan’s regional office has as its objective to build spaces for dialogue and expression for children. Beyond their educational aspect, these campaigns open up the debate to adults on themes of daily life.
This site has as its objective to highlight these productions, the work of thousands of children and to offer a playful and educational platform for internauts. From now on drawings, cartoons, radio broadcasts, videos and testimonies are available on the Web.