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OneMinutesJr workshop in Călăraşi, Moldova (2)

by Chris Schuepp

Călăraşi, Moldova, 18 September 2012 – Day 2 at the OneMinutesJr workshop in Călăraşi in Central Moldova and the film ideas are taking shape with some absolute highlights on the horizon.

Without a doubt, the children participating at the workshop are highly motivated. They all put a lot of effort into developing their ideas further since the end of the first workshop day yesterday and now they present their "polished" story ideas.

Elena (18) is one of the many children at the workshop with cerebral palsy. She wants to focus on what she does best: singing. She comes up with an ad hoc performance and all participants and trainers are stunned by her voice. So, the decision is unanimous: Elena has to sing! She has chosen a song by a famous Moldovan singer and what she does not know yet is that we are working behind the scenes on a huge surprise...

Zhenja, OneMinutesJr movie maker from Călăraşi in Moldova - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

Zhenja (15) sits in a wheelchair and has a problem. He lives quite far from the school and because his father is working, he can only take him to school on Mondays. For the other days, there is no practical solution on how Zhenja can be taken to his classes. There used to be a paid bus service, but the family cannot afford it and the donations ran out last year. So, Zhenja sits at home and does not attend school on Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, weekends. On Monday he already looks forward to next Monday, because he considers the social contacts at school as absolutely crucial for his further development.

Olga (14) is best friends with Elena (15). They attend school together and Olga has volunteered to help Elena who also has a slight form of cerebral palsy. Olga does not have a disability, but she knows very well that the help of peers is the best support children with disabilities can have in an inclusive classroom. Andrei (15) is also attending the same school and he has two boys who help him master the daily routine.

Natalitsa can do it! - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

Natalitsa (14) has a severe form of cerebral palsy and cannot talk. However, she understand everything and can nod or shake her head to indicate whether she likes something or not. And with the help of a little magnetic board and small letters, she can also do a lot more. It's a difficult way of communicating, but if this is the only way, then it is the only way. Natalitsa's film will show: Even if life is difficult and some people think it's impossible, she can do it!

This spirit is alive throughout the day and the story ideas keep getting better. Now we are set for the first filming and tomorrow after a short camera introduction, we split up into groups and start shooting.





OneMinutesJr in Moldova on inclusive education (2012)


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