By Funmi Ajumobi, in Sweden
KARLSTADâ€”SWEDISH Minister for Culture, Ms. Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Monday, opened the sixth World Summit on Media for Children and Youths with a call for participants to maximise the opportunities available at the conference to impact on their countries.
Liljeroth declared the summit opened at the Grand Hall, University of Karlstad, amidst cultural performances by children and youths. Though the colourful performances were done in Swede language, the rhythmic lyric was quite interesting as it gave participants a taste of Swedish culture.
The minister said the summit, with the theme â€œTowards a new media for children, youth and media,â€ would dwell on challenges adults in the media faced while trying to create the type of media they wanted for the young ones.
The Media Educator of Temple University, Renee Hobbs, in her address, admonished the delegates to look at the two sides of the coin at the summit, noting that these sides symbolised protection and empowerment.
Renee said as delegates worldwide who advocate better media for young ones, the participants should not only empower young ones to have voice of their own but should also protect them against all ills.
The Mayor of Karlstad, Ms. Birgitta Su Mwusson, in her welcome speech, described Karlstad as a sun city, adding that it was the hottest city for entertainment in Sweden.
She advised all to enjoy themselves as she announced that free buses had been arranged to take delegates to the Varmlands Museum to witness the World Culture Festivities hosting over 100 ethnic groups with music, food and beverage from different parts of the world.