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Day Five - Time to say goodbye

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2008
Some of the participants with their certificates at the end of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Astana.

The last day of the OneMinutesJr workshop and it is hard to believe that the five days have passed so quickly.

The children have the morning off and those who are not from Astana use the free time to explore the city a bit and do some sightseeing. After all, for some of them the Kazakh capital is more than a full day's train-ride away and they do not get the chance to come here too often.

The trainers finalize the videos which includes audio corrections, English subtitles and exporting all the films to one computer from which the presentation will be made in the afternoon. Astana-TV will arrive at 4.30 PM to film the presentation and interview the children, so by then everything has to be perfect.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2008
Participant Nastya is tired but happy after five days of hard work that just ended with a splendid presentation of 22 OneMinutesJr films.

The presentation finally starts with a short introduction by the trainers. Then the OneMinutesJr videos kick off with a huge applause and when the OneMinutesJr logo comes on between the films, the producers and the cast of the movie that was just shown are always given a big hand again.

Some of the participants have captured the workshop process over the last five days with their cameras and trainer Gor has edited the material down to a three-minute “making of“-video that is shown at the end of the presentation after the participants have received their certificates. Some of them, especially several of the girls, are in tears and Alex (14) cannot hide her tears when she thanks the trainers for their hard work and dedication. But the trainers immediately return the thanks as it was really the children who drove the process and who made the workshop such a success.

The films will now be used by UNICEF in Kazakhstan to do more advocacy work for children's health issues. And the big international conference in Almaty in October will also get a DVD with the films so they can be shown to the adult participants there to understand better what children and teenagers consider important when it comes to their own health.

Astana, Kazakhstan – July 25, 2008 – Chris Schuepp

 

 
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