I-Witness brings home 2012 UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award


"After taking home the Outstanding Televised Feature Story on Youth and Education Award in the 9th Lasallian Scholarum Awards, Kara David’s “Alkansya” from the GMA News and Public Affairs’ flagship documentary program, I-Witness, now brings home yet another citation—this time from the esteemed 2012 United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award.

"In the documentary, David goes to the far-flung barangay of Sulangan in Eastern Samar where she meets a 12-year-old boy named Anthony who works day in and day out to fulfill his dream of finishing school.

"From catching fish and washing cars in the day, to scouring the nighttime waters for a sea creature used in traditional Chinese recipes and medicines, Anthony works tirelessly to earn enough money. And whatever measly income he makes from his hard work he saves in his alkansya or piggy bank in the hope of someday saving enough money to put himself through school.

"Receiving the award during the ceremony in Seoul, Korea on October 16 was I-Witness host and “Alkansya” documentarist, David: “It is a great honor for us to win the UNICEF Child Rights Awards. Children’s rights have always been our advocacy here in I-Witness and to be recognized by the foremost institution focused on the promotion of children’s rights, an international institution like UNICEF is a big honor. Somehow, it gives us an affirmation that we’re on the right track.”

“And I’m happy to say that after the airing of ‘Alkansiya,’ the boy Anthony is now back in school. He is now a scholar and is a child laborer no more.”


"In 2001 and 2008 respectively, GMA News and Public Affairs also brought home the prestigious Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award with its “Angels in Prison” (2001) and another I-Witness documentary, “Child Beasts of Burden (2008).

"The UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award was created by Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and UNICEF in 2001.

"It aims to recognize the efforts of broadcasters in pursuing both the production of good quality children’s programming and better coverage of children’s issues. It is given annually to the best television program produced in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on children’s rights."

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