Turkish broadcaster TRT works hand-in-hand with children
April 5, 2007 - Istanbul (Turkey). What do 20 teenagers do at the TRT headquarters in Istanbul?
They produce videos for TRT's (Turkish National TV broadcaster) teenager programme 1dakika 1dünya (“one minute – one world”), a new TV show that features films from the OneMinutesJr project supported by UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation and the One Minutes Foundation.
1dakika 1dünya went on the air in September 2006, but so far the Turkish broadcasters have only been able to show youth-produced one-minute films that came from other European countries. Now, this will change as 20 young people are busy writing and producing their own short films. They have traveled to Istanbul from the capital Ankara, but also from smaller cities in the Asian part of the country like Mersin and Balikesir. Five of the 20 Turkish youngsters even had a longer trip to Istanbul – from Germany and the Netherlands, where they live.
The five-day workshop, hosted by TRT, will enable the youths aged 12-20 to produce very personal stories about their dreams, their passions, their expectations – but also about their fears and their sometimes very real problems at home or at school. The variety of youngsters from different parts of the country and even from abroad will generate a unique mix of videos demonstrating the richness of the Turkish culture and the creativity of the young generation.
Sevilay Koray, Head of Children & Youth programmes at TRT: “The OneMinutesJr are very successful on our program, but we thought that it was time to have some Turkish videos as well, not just international ones. We want to give the young people here a chance to produce films, to express themselves, because we know they sometimes have the feeling that they are not being listened to.”
On the first day of the workshop, the teenagers wrote down their ideas and started developing story-boards that they will need on the second and third day when they take the cameras in their hands and roam around Istanbul to film their stories. Then the films will be edited and on the fifth day they are ready to be included in the next edition of 1dadika 1dünya. Sevilay Koray: “The main issues of teenagers in Turkey today are problems with their teachers, problems in their families, financial problems, but also the difficulties of finding their own way and their own identity. They have only very limited opportunities to show their own point of view, but we hope to give them a chance to do so with this workshop.”
The workshop will not be a one-off event – TRT is already planning further training workshops and will work together with UNICEF Turkey to develop a strategy of reaching more teenagers, especially those from remote areas who don't have access to media, including the Internet. The 20 participants at the current workshop in Istanbul sent their applications online after being contacted through the TRT children’s club or after seeing the call for applications on the 1dakika 1dünya website. More than 150 children applied and now it’s up to the selected 20 to make the case for the continuation of the project. Having seen them at work today in Istanbul, there is no doubt that they will be successful.
Chris Schuepp - Istanbul (Turkey)
1dakika 1dünya website (in Turkish only)