UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean


Youth creating a communication loop across the Caribbean as CARIFESTA X unfolds

© UNICEF/Guyana/2008
Simonette (Guyana) and Jaleesa (Suriname)

Georgetown – August 23, 2008 - As the curtain rose on CARIFESTA X celebrations, young people from across the Caribbean gathered in the capital city Georgetown in preparation for a series of workshops using technology to create awareness on issues surrounding their own development.  Explaining the participation of young people in this historic event, the Representative of UNICEF Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Johannes Wedenig said that the intense involvement of young people in CARIFESTA’s Youth Village during this festive period is of great importance to the national and regional development and integration within the Caribbean Community, since they are the ones who can realize the vision of oneness the Caribbean is striving for.
In collaboration with UNICEF, the Carifesta Youth Village will act as the stage for young people to express their ideas and share them with other children utilizing digital cameras and laptops in a simple and child friendly manner among other methods of creative expression.   One of the activities children will participate in is Digiplay workshops which gives the participants the chance to produce their own one minute movies within 3 hours.     
In preparation for the workshops at the Carifesta Youth Village, young people from Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana came together for a refresher training utilizing the DP software. This training will prepare them to facilitate the Digiplay workshops at the Carifesta Youth Village which begins on Sunday 24th August and concludes on Friday August 29th. With the help of experienced DP trainers from Trinidad and Tobago, the Backlot of Suriname and Youth Media of Guyana, guidance is being provided for over 10 additional junior trainers from  Guyana to faclitate the workshops. Simonette (Guyana) and Jaleesa (Suriname).
Within very little time, the young people from the different cultures were mingling and working together in an intercultural atmosphere. This competence has given them the opportunity to facilitate the DigiPlay workshops and give more and more children the chance to express themselves through this multimedia tool and communicate their ideas with other children throughout the Caribbean and the world. 
Delivering words of inspiration to the youths during the training, UNICEF Representative Johannes Wedenig exhorted them to develop a strong network of youth journalists.  He said, “coming together like you are here you can create a communication loop for young people, not only for them to learn, but also to share experiences and learn from each other.”
During the workshops at the Carifesta Youth Village over the next five days more then 200 children will be able to produce their own one-minute movies on issues they find interesting and important for their development. 
For more information contact:

Leslyn Thompson, lthompson@unicef.org, UNICEF Guyana




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