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Jamaican Youth participate in "One Minute for My Rights" video workshop in Suriname

Andred (right) from Jamaica and other participants in the One Minute Video workshop, (left to right) Vidya from Guyana, Nicholas from Barbados and Eerie from Haiti view one of their finished video projects on a laptop.

June 8, 2005

Andred Taylor 19, and Grace Baugh 20, from Children First in Spanish were the two Jamaican representatives who attended a one week workshop in Suriname in which they learnt to become trainers who will be able to conduct one minute video workshop for adolescents. The workshop took place from May 30 to June 3, 2005.

Young people from eight Caribbean countries, including Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, Suriname and Belize, had the chance to learn from two professional video instructors from the Sandberg Institute in Holland and got hands-on practice in the art of video production and in conducting training in video production for adolescents. These young trainers will eventually provide training that would help adolescents make 60-second videos about their rights and about issues that concern them.

“Two of the most important things I learnt is that you can send out a lot of messages in one minute and that when you make and edit your videos you can make a link with the media and get your views across more easily,” reports Andred who will also be getting involved in Children First’s video training programme. 

Grace, who has been involved in videography classes since last year, says she learnt a lot more about editing and the various types of editing software available. Previously, her training had focused largely on camera work. She was also able to share experiences with participants from different countries.

The “One Minute For My Rights” video workshop was organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Sandberg Institute in the Netherlands with the support of the Surinamese Academy of Arts and Higher Learning.

The original idea for creating one minute videos came about when two students from the Sandberg Institute asked their friends to turn a short minute long video clip into a “minute for freedom” or a “minute for an original idea”. The video clips created were so popular that they eventually developed into a monthly cable television programme which had participants and viewers from around 40 European countries.

Following the success of this intiative, UNICEF, the ECF and the Sandberg Institute, successfully launched “The One Minute Junior” for young people in Europe in 2001. Under this programme hundreds of young people have made one minute films and this experience  has been the inspiration for the Latin-American and Caribbean “One Minute for My Rights” initiative.

The Caribbean participants, who were between 19 and 30 years old, spent a week in Suriname’s capital Paramaribo, learning and sharing experiences with each other. Besides receiving training in videography, they were also able to learn about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the importance of using audio-visual technology to realize these rights for children in the region.

At the end of training, the participants traveled throughout Paramaribo, filming places and people who happily agreed to perform for their “One minute for My Rights” videos.  The workshop concluded with a presentation of the first twenty Caribbean “One minute for My Rights” videos. Andred’s video was on “Religion” while Grace chose to focus on the theme “Freedom”
Andred, who is a part of the Xchange movement to provide safe and protective environments for young people in Jamaica and the Caribbean, says he hopes to use the training use to endorse violence prevention efforts. He feels that it would be useful in his community of Tawes Pen “to teach younger youths basic editing and videography so that they can express themselves.”

The group also had the opportunity to discuss the XChange Movement with four Xchangers, including Andred, who had attended the Xchange Young Leaders Training and the Regional launch of the movement in Trinidad in March 2005.




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