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OneMinutesJr workshop in Călăraşi, Moldova (1)

by Chris Schuepp

Călăraşi, Moldova, 17 September 2012 – Children with and without disabilities from the Călăraşi region in Central Moldova are meeting this week to jointly produce OneMinutesJr videos about inclusive education.

The UNICEF-supported workshop is part of a wider campaign to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in the the Moldovan society. Last week, UNICEF in partnership with the Moldovan Football Federation (MFF), the Ministry of Education and the UK Embassy in Moldova started the social campaign “I know I can” during the FIFA World Cup qualification match between Moldova and England in the capital Chisinau.

But today the stage belongs to the children and not the professional footballers and the team of trainers from Russia, Iceland and Germany starts the seminar with a short introduction and the question: “Is a minute long – or is a minute short”? Most of the children think that a minute is rather short. However, this is about to change...

These OneMinutesJr participants are not sleeping. They are trying to find out whether a minute is rather short or rather long. - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

We ask them to close their eyes for exactly one minute. This is the standard duration of the project's output, the OneMinutesJr videos. After this short experiment, many of the children have changed their minds and now they say: “A minute can be really long!”

After this, it is time for some videos that were produced by children in other countries. We watch them together and discuss their story ideas, the film techniques and the way the whole stories are told. It is interesting for the young participants to see how for example a film produced by a teenager in Bangladesh can be easily understood by them, a group of children from Central Moldova. It is this “language of film” that we are going to develop with them over the next five days.

Eyes wide open again, watching the OneMinutesJr and/or looking at the camera. - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

Their homework now is for every single one of them to come up with an initial idea that we can work on tomorrow, shape it into a storyboard and then film and edit all their stories until Friday. But they are used to challenges and they way they participated in the discussions today leaves us with no doubt they tomorrow will be another very fruitful day here at the workshop in Călăraşi.





OneMinutesJr in Moldova on inclusive education (2012)


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