Bush Radio’s Media Kidocracy Konference (MKK 2009) met for the 10th time today at the St Agnes Primary School in Woodstock.
The station’s unique programme is a platform created to bring young people under one umbrella to discuss issues that affect them and uses media to address these.
Delivering his opening address at the conference, the station’s programme integrator Adrian Louw briefed the delegates and participants about the programme’s history.
“MKK initially started as Radio Kidocracy Konference about ten years ago enabling the youth to gather and discuss issues that affect them within the media landscape,” said Louw.
He highlighted that even though financial constraints were persistent in the work of the programme, emphasised that MKK will take its full course.
He challenged participants to engage in debate around issues that affect them, and to empower themselves with the resources and opportunities at their disposal.
Jennifer Hartnick a former teacher and currently Western Cape Provincial Parliament MP reiterated to the youth that they should make use of the available opportunities.
“You should count yourselves lucky that today you have great opportunities such as these, we only dreamt of,” Hartnick said.
Giving a soulful address Hartnick, who also chairs the education, sport and cultural affairs committee, said with her experience as teacher, she likes working with children and it’s a point to tackle issues that affect young people in her work.
“During June we do have youth debates in parliament and we would like to have the MKK part of our youth programmes,” added Hartnick.
Veteran participant , Mfundo Dafeti, who has been with the programme for five consecutive years, said his experience has been great and wonderful throughout the years.
“Because of my enjoyment and wonderful work I did in this programme I will definitely be part of it again next year although 2009 is officially my final year,” said Dafeti.
Dave McNamara chief director at the Social Development department said MKK’s theme of “Away from Violence” was relevant, given the high rates of alcohol and substance abuse which is a major contributor to violence in the province.
Not only serious talk got the delegates moving; Cape Town song writer and composer, Chad Saaiman, kept the audience thrilled throughout his performance.
Some of the topics to be tackled at this year’s meeting include violence and drug abuse amongst others.
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