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OneMinutesJr video workshop on disaster risk reduction takes place in Eastern Kazakhstan

Watch all the videos from the workshop.


UST-KAMENOGORSK, KAZAKHSTAN, 7 September 2012 - School children from Ust-Kamenogorsk and Semipalatinsk, who have recently undergone a disaster risk reduction (DRR) training under the framework of a new UNICEF project, are taking part in the 5-day participatory video workshops.

The aim of the workshop is to produce one-minute video-films on disaster risk reduction activities in Kazakhstan and to advance children and youth participation in decision-making processes including raising awareness of kids’ opinions on natural disasters in their local environments to policy makers.

OneMinutesJr workshop participant Saken (14) is shooting footage at the Irtysh River in Ust-Kamenogorsk - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

During the five-day workshop supported by UNICEF international experts from Germany and Netherlands, 16 participants will consolidate and upgrade their knowledge and skills in disaster risk reduction by communicating and exchanging their experience with their peers and making of their own films.

“At the seminar we learn from the trainers how to develop and shoot our own one-minute video-films. I consider the theme of disaster risk reduction a cognitive one. I want to shoot a film about the case when in 2008 in the city of Semey where I live, because of the extreme heat there was a forest on fire, and that caused the fumigation all around the city, and the inhabitants were in the risk zone. I want to share my past fears and my current knowledge about the fact that fire plots should be strewn with sand and covered with the blankets, to urgently call up the firemen and doctors for giving the assistance who had gotten the scorches. I’ll show how the fire was stopped, and the people were evacuated by the mobile fire brigade to safe places”, - said Temerlan Bekmuhamedov, a student of the 10 А grade, school #11 of the city of Semey.

It is planned that the best videos will be shown at various events at the country as well as on a regional and international level, such as the 5th Asian Inter-ministerial conference on disaster risk reduction which will take place in October in Jakarta, Indonesia, in October 2012. Other occassions for video screenings will be in Almaty, Kazakhstan to celebrate the international day of disaster risk reduction and at the global DRR conference in Geneva in May 2013.

Additionally, with the purpose of the promotion of this initiative, the videos will also be placed on several UNICEF online platforms and partner websites.

The DIPECHO VII project “Supporting disaster risk reduction amongst institutions and vulnerable communities in Kazakhstan” is funded by the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection of the European Commission (ECHO). Besides the schools and kindergartens of Eastern Kazakhstan, it will be continued in the new pilot institutions of the city of Almaty, Almaty and South Kazakhstan regions which due to their natural and technogenic peculiarities are subject to the accidental disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, avalanches, extreme temperatures and wild fires.

One of the main directions of the project work is the advancement of the potential of schools and kindergartens in providing readiness for disasters, and also rising of schools’ sustainability to the potential risks. On the national level, the main task is to integrate disaster risk reduction blocks into the corresponding school curriculum and inclusion of the DRR components into the national and local programs of development and budgets of the regions of Kazakhstan. UNICEF will continue its cooperation with the Ministries of Education and Science and Emergency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UNDP and Red Crescent Society in Kazakhstan in this area.

Several of the Kazakh school-children with their certificates of participation after successfully finishing their one-minute movies - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

“We are grateful to UNICEF for touching upon serious challenges of our region; I’m happy that our children are active participants of the workshop and show our risks from their own perspectives” said Zhanar Islyamova, representing the Educational Department of the Eastern Kazakhstan Akimat at the closing ceremony of the workshop on 7 September, where 18 children’s videos were presented.

“We are proud to be a pilot school in DIPECHO disaster risk reduction project, we learnt many things during this week, such work is important for future generations; we plan to show these videos to all students of our and other schools and will continue teaching children on DRR", - noted Oralkhan Tleukhanov, director of the pilot school.

“Teaching children on preparedness and actions during disasters is one of the main tasks of the Emergency system, we increase the capacity every day, however, I have never seen that children can create such video films on their own; this method could be applied in our practice on strengthening the skills on DRR”, - expressed her view Marina Liskova, the Chief specialist of Ust-Kamenogorsk city Emergency Department.

The events carried out by UNICEF in Eastern Kazakhstan are realized in the framework of the five-year UN Joint Program and the Plan of action of the Akimat of Eastern Kazakhstan and UNICEF for 2012.

The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil protection Department funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to people in need, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.

For additional information please contact:

Anna Stativkina & Meiramgul Beisenova
Tel: 8-7172-322878 (ext.131, 123)



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