UNICEF, Prasar Bharati sign pact for phase two of “Facts for Life” TV show

January 28th, 2009 - 7:34 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi< jan.28 (ANI): Prasar Bharati CEO B.S. Lalli and UNICEF India Representative Karin Hulshof have signed a broadcast agreement for Phase 2 of the Facts for Life entertainment-education drama serial, KyunkiJeena Issi Ka Naam Hai (Because Thats What Life Is).
In an unprecedented partnership between Indias public broadcaster and UNICEF, the signing is a go ahead for the telecast of an additional 130 episodes of Kyunki The series is a prime time telenovela that promotes crucial messages from the UN publication Facts for Life, messages that can change and even save the lives of many children and women.
This is indeed a very significant event, said B.S. Lalli; Prasar Bharati strongly believes in communicating social causes in a wholesome and purposeful manner. This is a very important initiative for us and we on our part will always be walking step in step to achieve the goals of this particular enterprise.
Kyunki was launched in April 2008 in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which has provided significant financial and technical support to the programme. The TV show forms the flagship of a multi-level, multi-channel Facts for Life communication initiative designed to generate behavioural results in support of key government initiatives such as the National Rural Health Missionand through them to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Adopting the entertainment-education format on an ambitious scale, Kyunki aims to reach families, caregivers, and health workers with messages relating to health, education, protection, and equality. It does so, however, through an engaging soap opera format designed as much to entertain and bring audiences back night after night as to promote pro-social behaviours.
The second phase is as important, if not more important, than the first phase because it is about continuing the messages from Facts for Life so that viewers make informed decisions at the household level and change behaviors, said Karin Hulshof; Kyunki provides a very good opportunity for us to address important issues, in order to raise the living standards of many women and children in India in a way that is both enjoyable and recognizable to them.
Emphasizing self-efficacy, the practices and behaviours explained and promoted through Kyunki are largely derived from Facts for Life, a publication developed by a number of UN agencies to deliver pertinent, rights-based information in a manner that is relevant and practical to people all around the world. The creators of Facts for Life and Kyunki recognize that their primary audience of under-served women in states with high rates of infant and maternal mortality may not have another source of credible, reliable information on matters of child and maternal health and welfare.
With an initial 130-episode phase wrapping up next month, Kyunki has already tackled topics like promoting health and hygiene within the home and in the community, understanding and averting preventable childhood diseases, safe motherhood and HIV prevention, as well as social issues such as girls education, discouraging early marriage, and child labour.
In 2008 the serial reached at least 55 million viewers as measured by TAM Media Research and has consistently been amongst the top three daily serials in the country. Monitored in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, the latest audience survey revealed that 55% of all respondents find Kyunki more entertaining and 95% find it more educational than any other show they watch on television.
Kyunki airs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30pm on DD1.(ANI)

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