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One-minute masterpieces created by children

© UNICEF/CEECIS/2012/C.Schuepp
Kids at the OneminutesJr workshop in Odesa

Odessa, 3 October 2012 - today UNICEF launches video seminar OneMinutesJr for fourteen children who will express their view of the world in a one-minute video. Supported by UNICEF, the OneminutesJr project has held workshops around the globe to develop ways in which youngsters can express themselves and have a voice in debates about issues that affect their lives.

This time the seminar is held in Odessa in UNICEF partner organization The Way Home Charitable Foundation. The organization provides shelter for children living and working on the streets and helps them to go through rehabilitation programs. During five days of the workshop, children first develop the idea for the video then write a script and finally shoot and edit the final one-minute film. Typically the most popular themes for the video are social problems that children face in everyday life. The best videos will be selected to be shown at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam this November. This year the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary and establishes a separate nomination for OneMinutesJr films.

© UNICEF/UKRAINE/2012/S.Prokhorov
Chris explains kids how to shoot the video best

The youngest participant is nine years old, while most of the participants are over thirteen. Only Alina, who lives in the centre for more than three years, is 20. All of them tried their skills in writing and directing to create their own short films. The process of creating the idea for the video is usually the longest and most difficult, because kids always want to come up with something original. Each of them after the general discussion had individual consultations with a trainer Chris Schuepp.

The children are here at The Way Home for different reasons. Some of them actually lived in the streets of Odessa. Petya is one of them. The 13-year-old boy has been here for three years already and before that he was a street child for several years.

Anton (12) also used to live in the streets, but unlike Petya, who was alone, Anton was homeless together with his parents before he was picked up by the "Social patrol" of The Way Home. The patrol consists of former street kids working for The Way Home, social workers and psychologists and goes out to the streets of Odessa on a regular basis to spot homeless children and families, build a relationship with them and convince the children to come to The Way Home and start a new life there.

Many of the other participants of the workshop were lucky enough not end up in the streets. But they were identified by social workers as "children on the edge", meaning that they come from troubled families and could potentially end up as street children if no preemptive steps were taken. The Way Home always works closely with the parents and also tries to link them up with other organizations for additional support, finding them jobs or other opportunities to cope with their lives.

For more information please contact:
Sergiy Prokhorov, UNICEF Ukraine, +38 044 245 2450,

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