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Vulnerable children tell their stories in one-minute videos

Issa, 11 year old, during the filming of his video

Skopje, Monday, 22 November: Over the past two weeks twenty seven vulnerable children residing in child care institutions created one minute videos to comment on their lives and to express their aspirations and fears  The films were the results of one-minute video workshops that were organised as part of the EU-funded and UNICEF implemented and co-funded Justice for Children project.

“The children who participated in the workshops are children currently under the care of the state. While under this care, the state is obligated to help facilitate their rehabilitation - to give them the knowledge and skills they have missed out on in life, so that they reintegrate into society” said Mr Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative.  “These workshops help equip the children with the fundamental skill of self-expression.  They provide an eloquent commentary on   the issues faced  by these children, and their own concerns.”

The one-minute video workshops are an international, arts-based initiative that gives children, especially those who are underprivileged or marginalised, the opportunity to have their voices heard and to share their ideas, dreams, fascinations, anxieties and viewpoints on the world.

During the workshops , the children were taught basic camera and directing skills, story-telling, teamwork and how to think creatively about issues and representation. Each child developed his/her own story and produces a sixty-second video that was screened at the closing ceremony of the workshops.

“This was an extraordinary experience for the children and the staff.   The children had the freedom to express themselves, to work on their own ideas and learn how to put together their own films,” said Ms. Olga Jakimovska, one of the social workers who supported the workshops.  “It was a unique opportunity to learn how to film, but also to learn about the roles of the film director, cameraman, actors and screen writers,” continued Ms Jakimovska.

The films produced at the workshops tell a wide range of stories on issues affecting children at risk and children in conflict with the law.  Some children produced films about the people they love and miss, some used metaphors to speak about their difficult personal life experiences, others - with the help of their imagination - placed themselves in an ideal world in compensation for the life they live, and some children chose to simply present stories about the things they like. 

The one minute video workshops were organised as part of the EU-funded and UNICEF implemented and co-funded “Justice for Children” Project.  Focusing on three pillars - improving the normative framework, capacity building and prevention – the project is working towards ensuring special procedures and programmes needed to help realize child rights are in place.  To find out more about the Justice for Children Project download a copy of the project fact sheet

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