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Aires' introduction

Maputo project participant

Posted 11:23PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Pacific Time

My name is Aires, I am 18 years old and I?m the presenter of the children's programme "Roda Viva" (Live Wheel) on Mozambican Television (TVM). The programme is educational, and it is broadcast on Saturdays between 08:30 and 10:00. It relies on the participation of primary schools and of the public in general.

I began my career in 2000 on the children's programme "Está na hora de brincar" (It's time to play), which is aired on Sundays between 14:00 and 15:30, at the invitation of Mr. Didinho Caetano, presenter of the programme "Pirlim Pim Pim"

Two years later, in 2002, I moved to the programme "Mãozinha Talento" at the invitation of the presenter Matxoss, where I stayed for two years and underwent various experiences.

In 2004 I joined the programme "Roda Viva" where I still am today as presenter and coordinator of the children's club. This is the programme that has most affected me, because it has allowed me, among other things, to travel across almost the entire country, undergoing various experiences about children's reality. On one of these trips, for example, I met a 14 year old child who was heading a household, and taking care of three younger brothers, all of whom were orphans.

During my 7 years in this career, the most memorable event was the presentation I did in Independence Square in Maputo, where more than 4,000 children were present for the launch of the campaign "Unite for Children. Unite Against AIDS". The head of state and his wife, ministers and others from the country?s leadership were also present, and greeted me at the end of the event.

I am currently preparing a very amusing youth programme which I shall present.

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