OneMinutesJr workshop in Bishkek - Day 3by Chris Schuepp
BISHKEK, 26 February 2014 - Day 3 of the video workshop on "Violence against children" leads us to School #33 in the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, where we focus on those of the 20 stories developed by the participants that deal with violence in school.
We start with the "classic" story of teacher-student violence. Nasiba (15) from Osh in the south of Kyrgyzstan has told us the true story of a teacher who was sent to jail for 18 months after severely beating a student. She wants to turn this into a OneMinutesJr video now to make the point that no teacher should get away with beating his or her students.
"Know your rights" - Child rights in a nutshell on a Russian-language wall poster in school #33 in Bishkek - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014
Scenes like that don't usually happen in School #33 in Bishkek where we are filming right now in the history & geography classroom. The school for grades 1-11 is a model school under the project "School without violence". There are special classes on conflict resolution, we see many informative signs on the walls reminding the children of their rights but also of peaceful and tolerant conduct and there is a special office for conflict prevention open from 10 am to 6.30 pm every day.
In addition, the parents' foundation has collected enough money to buy and install cameras that now monitor the halls and the school yard. One of the teachers tells us that cases of peer-to-peer violence and vandalism have significantly declined since the cameras were put up.
Under pressure: Vlad is being bullied during the filming of his OneMinutesJr video - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014
The next movie we film involves the whole group. Actually, only Vlad (14) from Karakol can be seen, but all other workshop participants are active as well. They throw paper balls at Vlad who is sitting helplessly at his desk without a chance to get help from anybody. Vlad's plan is to add a visual counter during the editing process later so it is even more obvious how much a child has to endure when being bullied by the rest of the class.
In the afternoon we continue filming in- and outside the school. Azamat (15) from Osh shared a story with us about a young boy who was also bullied by his peers for being weak. He decides to start doing sports and the work-out makes him stronger. However, this is not about physical power, it is more about standing your ground, taking action and winning self-confidence by "getting something done" for yourself. Azamat wants to send out this message when he is facing the bullies in the school yard for his video.
Getting tough: Azamat doesn't want to be weak anymore, he wants to be able to stand his ground - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014
More films will be shot tomorrow before the group gathers around the computers to edit the videos and give them the final shape for the presentation on Friday afternoon.