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OneMinutesJr workshop in Pristina - Day 1

PRISTINA, 30 September 2013 - What are the most burning issues for young people in Kosovo? What are the dreams of the young generation, their expectations, their demands? These questions will be addressed at this week's OneMinutesJr workshop in Pristina.

Fifteen young people aged 17-20 have gathered with the video trainers from Germany and Russia in the Innovations Lab Kosovo in the capital Pristina this Monday morning. They have come to share their stories and turn them into short video messages over the course of five days. 

More than half of the population of Kosovo is under 25 years old and more than 20,000 of them have already participated in the debate run by the Innovations Lab. The results will feed into the global UN high-level panel that will work on setting the new development goals for the next 15 to 20 years.

After mutual introductions and a look at different filming techniques we go straight for topics of the films. In individual sessions with the participants we try to find out what they would like to address most when it comes to their current lives and their future.

The first two suggestions come from Dona and Orgesa. The two girls name "gender equality" as their main issues and they both complain about the lack of opportunities for girls compared to boys and also about the way girls are treated by family members, namely the fathers and brothers. There are two creative story ideas on the table already and we all agree that the films need to be provocative and "raise eyebrows" to get people thinking and get ready for positive changes.

Birken comes up with an idea for a film next. The 18-year-old boy is concerned about many of his peers playing violent computer games. "I know about cases where they turned the virtual violence into real violence. Others have fallen asleep in school and when the teacher woke them up, they started acting as if they were straight out of Counterstrike." 

The deeper implications of this film idea can also be linked to one of the six main points the Kosovo post 2015 debate has brought up so far - "security and rule of law". The six main areas of concern identified so far are:

  • Integrity of governance
  • Security and rule of law
  • Freedom of movement
  • Equal opportunities
  • Education
  • Health-care and sanitation
Another topic that is very relevant to the young people in Kosovo is "freedom of movement". There is only a handful of countries they can travel to without a visa and this restriction really bothers many of them. In addition to that, some of the participants from the city of Mitrovica complain that they cannot even travel freely within their own city. One of the films to be produced in the next few days will focus on this in much more detail.





OneMinutesJr workshop in Pristina


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