OneMinutesJr workshop in Karakol - Day 3
by Chris Schuepp
First thing in the morning for most people is...? Correct, a visit to the toilet. So upon arrival in Chelpek we go straight to the school toilet, a small building about 50 meters behind the main school building. The left entrance is for boy, the right entrance for the girls. There are no doors, there is no running water - neither for the toilets nor for washing your hands afterwards.
(16) goes to school here in Chelpek and her film idea is to show the
problems the children all have with the school toilets. There are grave
hygiene issues here as well as very obvious privacy issues. The girls
have to expect a boy sneaking around the corner at any time since there
are no doors that can be locked, actually no doors at all. Also, even
when there are no boys are around, squatting over one of the four holes
in the ground with other girls nearby is also not very much appreciated,
Filming in front of the school in Chelpek - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014
The lack of running water is also the topic of the next film produced here in Chelpek. Bekmirza (14) plays a boy who has to fetch water from the river nearby for his school. At the local "watering hole" he meets a horse which is drinking from the same stream. A similar film is produced later up in the still snowy mountains where Meerim (17) meets a cow at the river and both drink the same ice-cold water.
In the afternoon we film Adilet's film about a boy who is sick at home. His mother tries to find out how Adilet got sick and they go over the last few days together trying to find out what caused Adilet's stomach infection just to find out that with better hygiene, the sickness could have been prevented.
Bekmirza and the "visual sneeze" - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014
Just before it gets dark it's time for Bekmirza's film. With a bag of flour the 14-year-old boy wants to show what happens when we sneeze. The whole group has a lot of fun with Bekmirza's face, hands and clothes getting completely whitened by the flour, but they also learn and important lesson about hygiene by seeing where the germs can travel in no time.