First Animation for Development Workshop
The UNICEF First Animation for Development Workshop took place in Prague, the Czech Republic, from 26-31 March 1990. The Workshop provided 118 participants from 49 countries with the opportunity to explore the use of animation for effectively disseminating health messages to parents and children. UNICEF communication officers and their government counterparts, studio representatives, professors of communication, indpedendent animators and producers screened cartoons, exchanged ideas and developed plans of action. Participating companies included:
Algerian TV, ASIFA, ATIS Films, Azimuth Productions, Cartoon Films, Children's Television Workshop, German Technical Agency, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, ICAIC, Instituto Cubano Radio y Television, Jamaica Information Service, Jordan TV, Kratky Film, Panamericana TV, Producoes Artisticas, Radio/TV Mali, Saudi TV, Social Communication Institute, Start Office Rwandais d'Information, TV Zanzibar, Walt Disney Company, World Media Partners, Worldview International Foundation and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.
- Elena Engel, Azimuth Productions - UNICEF - Remember this Child
- James P. Grant, Executive Director UNICEF - Building a Communications Gap
- William Hanna, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons - Universal Appeal of Cartoon Characters
- Max Howard, Director, Walt Disney Feature Animation - The Language of Animation
- Leon Joosen, Animator, Walt Disney Feature Animation - Animation for Education
- Joan Lufrano, Director, CTW - Longevity in Educational Programming
- Ed Palmer, President, World Media Partners - Research for Animation
- Nicole Salomon, Secretary General, ASIFA - Training Animators
The Prague Workshop was the first major step for UNICEF in exploring uses of animation for its programming communications on an international level. At the conclusion of the Workshop, two of the world's leading animation studios, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, both pledged to assist UNICEF in their development communications efforts. Links were also made between UNICEF and Children's Television Workshop to find ways of future cooperation in developing countries.
As a result of the Prague Animation Workshop, several UNICEF animation initiatives were launched worldwide, among which were: Meena in South Asia, Maximo in Ecuador, Caribbean training programmes and local production, and Plaza Sesamo with Children's Television Workshop.