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OneMinutesJr in Tešanj: Fighting prejudice towards hard rock fans

The  One Minutes Jr workshop, which took place in Medakovo near Tešanj in the Primary School “9. Septembar”, was one of the ten workshops, taking place in municipalities, participating the III phase of the Programme“Enhancing the Social Protection and Inclusion System for Children". Boys and girls from Čelinac, Derventa, Gacko, Gornji Vakuf/Uskoplje, Kupres, Posušje, Prnjavor, Mrkonjić Grad, Velika Kladuša and Brčko District also had the opportunity to work with Genesis Project trainers on new videos in which they told their stories and sent their messages.

Girls and boys taking part in the workshop in Tešanj were openly delighted by the opportunity to make their own short video alone. It is a video they create, shoot and eventually edit, which allows them to use moving images to send out their messages to society or to express what bothers them about society.  

“I am working on a video about prejudice towards my peers who are hard rock fans. I would like the video to show to my peers that there is nothing bad about someone listening to somewhat “harder” music. My friends from a metal band will also appear in the video”, says Dženeta Agić, a student at “9. Septembar” primary school.  

Her friend, Elma Korajlić, deals with peer violence in her video and shows that violence should not be a response to violence. She also plays the leading role in the video:  

“The lead character is into martial arts and she could easily fight her bullies. However, she does not want to do that and chooses another solution to the problem”, Elma explains.  

“Children are fully independent in the creative process; they have ideas of what their videos should look like and how they would like to send out a message. We only assist them technically by teaching basics of shooting and editing. However, they do most of the work alone and they have been doing a remarkable job” says Draško Stojčić from “Genesis Project” association.

OneMinutesJr is a network comprising European Cultural Foundation, Sandberg Institute and UNICEF which provides financial support to the network and assists in its activities. The result are one-minute videos made by young people aged 12 to 20 in which they share their opinions, viewpoints, ideas or raise their voice concerning problems that they or their peers face.

The Programme “Enhancing the Social Protection and Inclusion System for Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina” is a joint EU and UNICEF project. The European Union has been funding the Project since 2008 through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) in the amount of 4.1 million euro. The objective of the Project is to help build a system to ensure adequate social protection policies and social protection and inclusion of children and their families.



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