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Children and Future Media Seminar Kicks off




            Muscat, Feb 26 (ONA) --- The 3rd seminar on Children and Future Media kicked off at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre today. The two-day seminar is part of the activities of the 25th Muscat International Book Fair.


           The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of Sayyeda Dr. Mona bint Fahd al-Said, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for International Cooperation at Sultan Qaboos University, Chairperson of Children First Association. She delivered a speech during which she focused on the pivotal role that the media plays in daily life. She stressed the importance of the seminar that comes on the sidelines of Muscat International Book Fair.


           In a related context, Lana Khalil, Representative of the UNICEF Office in the Sultanate, stressed the importance of the seminar, which deals with the role of media in the lives of children and young people. She said that various media outlets and the Internet work today as the world's most centralized agents of socialization, behaviour, attitudes and opinions in the world.


         The activities of the seminar addressed today many themes, including the new media industry, during which personal experiences of electronic media content directed to children and newspapers and channels directed to children were presented. A number of working papers were also presented about “Making Electronic Content for Children: Mechanisms and Standards” and “Making Electronic Content for Children: Reality, History, Circulation and Models.

           The seminar will conclude with a meeting gathering Dr. Abdulmonam bin Mansoor al-Hasani, Minister of Information and Suzan Abdel Majeed Afaneh, main speaker of the seminar, who will narrate the aspirations and visions of children in the field of media.


         The opening of the seminar organized by the Ministry of Information, in partnership with UNICEF, Children First Association and the Children's Public Library, was attended by honourable members of the State Council, members of Majlis A’Shura, school students and interested persons in children issues and activities.

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