Saturday, July 29, 2006

All Set For Launching Of Talk Show On Peace Building For Youth

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: LAUNCHING OF THE WORLD’S FIRST TALK SHOW ON PEACE BUILDING FOR YOUTH

WHERE: NISMED AUDITORIUM, NISMED, QUIRINO AVE. UP DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY and ULS CONVENTION HALL, USM, KABACAN, N. COTOBATO

WHEN: 7:30 A.M. TO NOON, JULY 31

MEDIA CONTACT: IN MANILA -- ROBIN PETTYFER. CELL: 0915 775 2880; OFFICE: 634 1712; IN MINDANAO – JERRY JOSE. CELL: 0919 622 5225. SERAFIN ARVIOLA JR. 09186401900

SUPPORTED BY: UNICEF, THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT & ASSISI DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION INC.

The Philippines will be the world’s first host for a new kind of talk show. Called “PeaceTech.”, the talk show is devoted to peace building for youth. Over the next several months, the series will unite hundreds of youth throughout the Philippines in live dialogues on giant screens.

UNICEF and the Australian government are using the talk shows as an experiment. Their goal: to bring different groups together, often divided by conflict.

The series includes youth from all sectors: former MILF; AFP soldiers; Muslims, Indigenous Peoples, Christians; out-of-school youth; university students; and children from conflict zones. Participants come from all over the Philippines: Zamboanga del Sur; Maguindanao; N. Cotobato; Lanao del Norte; Davao; Negros Occidental; Camarines Sur; Quezon; Cavite-Laguna; Nueva Ecija; Benguet; Mountain Province; and Isabela.

The series is a modal for a global talk show that will connect youth from different countries.
Senator Ramon Magsaysay believes in the series. He says: “The series is badly needed in a world where conflict is increasing. Whether it is in Israel and Lebanon, or Iraq and the United States, the world needs an international medium where young people can come together.
PeaceTech does that. It’s an honour that UNICEF wants to start this in the Philippines.”
Canadian manager for PeaceTech, Robin Pettyfer, says: “Peace Tech is just as it sounds. It’s the peace in tech! We have the technology to unite people from the different sides in a global talk show. So it’s time we start!”

According to Prof. Serafin Arviola of Youth Aid and Philippine Normal University-Center for Peace and Human Rights Education, "PeaceTech. is relevant to the Philippines where geography restricts inter-group dialogue. It gives young people in remote areas an opportunity to instantly reach out. And it provides security by allowing participants to meet with youth in insecure areas."

PeaceTech 1 on July 31 is expected to be an honest but direct discussion about “real problems” dividing Filipinos.

UNICEF and the Australian government are the primary supporters of the 7-part series. PLDT is providing the technology. The Assisi Development Foundation is organizing the project with the assistance of Youth Aid, OPAPP and numerous community groups, schools and universities.

For more information:
www.peacetech.net

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is what we need.