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Turkmenistan children produce One Minute Junior video films on child rights

ASHGABAT/TURKMENISTAN, 14 May 2007 – Young people from the National Institute of Culture and the Youth Organization of Turkmenistan will use their creativity and artistic skills to produce short video films on children’s rights at the “One Minutes Jr. Video” workshop that started today in Ashgabat.

Organized by UNICEF and the Ministry of Culture and TV and Radio Broadcasting of Turkmenistan, the workshop aims to encourage youth expression and motivate children to share their opinions about their rights, communities, environments, and about life itself. The workshop is a chance for young people to speak out to a broad audience, using their creativity to bridge the gap between themselves and the media.

Over the next week, young people will develop their own scripts and produce films on child rights in various parts of Ashgabat, including schools, parks, stadiums, markets and other places. Young filmmakers may be limited in time, as they are producing videos that run for only sixty seconds, but there will be no limits on their freedom to express themselves – a right for every child. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to show participants that their opinions and concerns do matter and that they have a right to voice them.

The innovative workshop will produce 20 short videos on different aspects of children’s rights to be launched at a National Children’s Forum dedicated to Child Protection. The videos will also be broadcast on national TV.

UNICEF organizes “One Minutes Jr. Video” workshops throughout the world in close partnership with the One Minutes Foundation and the European Cultural Foundation. In many parts of the world one minute videos are broadcast on TV and used as a tool for social change.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information please contact:
Gulyalek Soltanova, UNICEF Communication Officer: Tel +99312 425681/82/86/86; Email: gsoltanova@unicef.org  
Web: https://www.unicef.org/turkmenistan




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