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Somalia, 3 September 2015: Somali youth use video to tell the authorities about community problems

HARGEISA, Somaliland, 3 September 2015 – Earlier this year 120 students from across Somaliland made one minute, personal videos about their local communities and improvements they wanted in areas such as health, education, water and sanitation and the environment.

The resulting 24 videos were shown to the local district councils and mayors and many promised to address the concerns of the students.

A Somali NGO, the KOW Media Foundation in consultation with the Somaliland Education Ministry trained the students from eight schools in video filming and editing and the students wrote their own one minute long scripts and filmed them.

This was a UNICEF-supported initiative which formed part of the civic education work to help children become active and responsible citizens. It is part of the Joint Programme on Local Governance and Service Delivery (JPLG) which aims at strengthening local governance and enhancing local service delivery. The Joint Programme was established by UNICEF, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). The JPLG is supported through funding from the European Union, DANIDA (Denmark), SIDA (Sweden), Norway and DFID (UK).

Below are a selection of the videos

Save the Environment
Khadar from Bashiir School, Hargeisa interviews an Environment Ministry official about the problems of deforestation and urbanization.

Clear up the rubbish

Nafisa and Ayan from Omer Binu Khadab Primary school Berbera call on fellow students to clear up their rubbish

Build More Schools

Subeda from Zailac Primary school explains why new schools are needed to ease overcrowding

Pay taxes to improve the city

Nageye from Berbera wants citizens to pay taxes to enable improved development while Naima would like the roads to be improved

Education is key for the future

After only a year at Mohammed Ali school at SYS Burao Jamal can read and he wants to become an engineer.



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