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OneMinutesJr workshop in Montenegro - Day 3

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Blazo (17) preparing for his "I have a dream"-speech on the main square in Montenegro's capital Podgorica.

Half-time at the OneMinutesJr workshop in Budva and after the weather troubles of yesterday, the Wednesday had turned into the big filming day.

The 20 participants are split up in two groups: One groups stays in Budva and films as many stories as possible there while the other group travels to the Montenegrin capital Podgorica, a bit more than an hour away by bus.

In Podgorica, we want to film three films. Blazo (17) has re-written Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech and will hold his own speech about children's rights on the main square of the capital.

Next is Muhamed (12), who has decided to take the microphone and the camera and interview some street children. He finds them in the main square while Blazo is recording his speech. The interview from child-to-child gives insights into how the three little girls ended up in the streets and how there is no hope for an immediate change for them.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Children in the Konik refugee camp on the outskirts of Podgorica

For Tijana's film, we drive to the outskirts of the city, to a huge refugee camp called Konik. Mainly Roma and ethnic Albanians from Kosovo live here in what is widely known as a "shanty town". While you would expect something like this in some Asian or African capitals, it is a shocking sight in the middle of Central Europe.

Children are picking the garbage, playing with empty bottles, using old car parts as drums and are running through the muddy dirt roads in flip-flops or shoes are way too small or way too big for them.

Tijana (14) wants to show how they live. But not only that. Tijana has a dilemma. She wants to help somehow, but she has already realized that the problem is too big for herself to sort it out. And at the age of 14, she does not know what to do. So her film is about this dilemma and raises the question: "So what do we do now?"

Budva/Podgorica, Montenegro - November 4, 2009 - Chris Schuepp





OneMinutesJr workshop in Montenegro, November 2009

The Convention’s newest member: Promoting child rights in the Republic of Montenegro

"Democracies are measured by their ability to offer all citizens an equal chance to participate in social, economic, political, and cultural life. They assume a special responsibility to provide for the well-being of their youth.

In the short years since its emergence as a democratic country, the Republic of Montenegro has recognized this and continues to establish policies and programmes that provide for the empowerment and development of children."

Full essay by Dr Gordana Djurovic, Professor of Economics in Podgorica



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