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OneMinutesJr project at the UNICEF Summer Camps in the North Caucasus

UNICEF/Chris Schuepp/2007
© UNICEF/Chris Schuepp/2007
Zalina from Ingushetia producing her film "Mata & Maga" at a UNICEF Summer Camp

During July and August 2007, UNICEF organizes summer camps for more than 500 children and adolescents from five republics in the North Caucasus - Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Dagestan.

“The objective of each camp is to establish and strengthen intercultural communication between children from the republics of the North Caucasus,” said Dr. Rashed Mustafa, Head of the UNICEF North Caucasus office in Vladikavkaz. “To break down the stereotypes and develop leadership and interpersonal skills, friendship and tolerance, those are very necessary for children to grow up as proud citizens of their country.”

When the OneMinutesJr project came for a visit at two of the UNICEF summer camps (in North Ossetia and Ingushetia) in July 2007, the cameras added to the excitement felt all around. While the Peace and Tolerace training session gave the children the background information about conflict prevention and conflict management, the video work presented them with an opportunity to put their ideas into practice.

UNICEF/Chris Schuepp/2007
© UNICEF/Chris Schuepp/2007
Even the youngest "actors" at the Ingushetia Camp know how to act in front of the camera.

Brainstorming, script-writing, story-boarding, filming, editing - all in four days. Not an easy task, but the children's enthusiasm and motivation made everything possible. Many of the 29 films produced by the young people in the summer camps show different ways of dealing with problems and tensions among children. But there is also a lot of humour, a look at cultural differences and similarities and pieces about forgiveness and hope for a better future.

The summer camps are important components of the programme “Peace and Tolerance promotion among children and adolescents of the North Caucasus.” UNICEF works for Peace and Tolerance promotion since 2005 in a close partnership with government ministries and non-governmental organisations. Two summer camps - “Caspian Odyssey” and "Summer Camp Plus” were already organized in Dagestan in 2005 and 2006 with participation of more than 200 children and adolescents from four republics in the North Caucasus. The final two Summer Camps this year will take place in Kabardino-Balkaria and Dagestan from August 10-20, 2007.

The OneMinutesJr videos produced at in North Ossetia and Ingushetia will send the message of Peace and Tolerance from the North Caucasus out into the world when all the videos go online on the project website in August 2007.

For more information on the UNICEF Summer Camps in the North Caucasus, please contact:

Bela Tsugaeva
Communication Assistant
UNICEF North Caucasus
Tel. +7 (8928) 732 07 12

For more information on the OneMinutesJr project, please contact:

Chris Schuepp
Young People's Media Network - Coordinator
Tel./Fax: +49 2365 502480
Mobile: +49 176 23107083





Video & Audio


Watch some of the OneMinutesJr videos produced in the UNICEF Summer Camps 2007.

You see?
by Gasan Gasanov

Maga & Mata
by Zalina Paragulgova

United through sports
by Abdullah Kukayev

by Aslanbek Muratov


Interview with Daria Strakhova (UNICEF North Caucasus) from the UN Radio website (in Russian)

Чему учат ребят в миротворческих лагерях ЮНИСЕФ на Северном Кавказе? Рассказывает ассистент программы ЮНИСЕФ по миротворчеству и толерантности Дарья Страхова



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