OneMinutesJr workshop in Karakol - Day 1
by Chris Schuepp
KARAKOL, Kyrgyzstan, 3 March 2014 - Another week, another workshop! Just a couple of days after wrapping up the OneMinutesJr workshop on "Violence against children" in Bishkek, the video trainers are now in Karakol in the east of Kyrgyzstan for another 5-day seminar.
The topic here in Karakol is "Water & sanitation". 20 children (14 girls, 6 boys) from two different schools in Kyrgyzstan's fourth largest city have gathered this morning to become filmmakers.
At the beginning of the workshop the UNICEF Kyrgyzstan WASH programme coordinator gives a presentation of the country office's water & sanitation projects. He speaks about the importance of hygiene and shows how this relates to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The filmmaking introduction today includes the viewing of the videos we produced with the group in Bishkek last week and also one of the most widely used OneMinutesJr videos we have ever filmed. It is called "Call of nature" and shows the reality of children in Kyrgyzstan.
This is the kind of story we expect to come up a lot here at the seminar in Karakol. And in the first brainstorming in the afternoon, this expectation is met. Many of the initial story ideas have to do with school toilets, the lack of running water, the lack of doors in the school bathrooms and a general decline in hand-washing. Other issue that come up a lot are the amount of garbage in the streets and the pollution of rivers that worries the young participants. We continue the story development until the first day ends in the evening with some camera training and the first storyboards being drawn by the participants.
Day 1 of the workshop comes to an end in Karakol - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014