2007 workshops

1: Amman, Jordan (25-29 January)
2: Oslo, Norway (20-22 February)
3: Johannesburg, South-Africa (23-28 March)
4: Istanbul, Turkey (5-9 April)
5: Belgrade, Serbia (10-14 April)
6: Salamanca, Spain (11-15 June)
7: North Ossetia and Ingushetia, Russia (16-20 and 21-25 July)
8: Lubumbashi and Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo (30 July - 3 August and 6-10 August)
9: Krsko, Slovenia (3-8 august)
10: De Vrolijkheid en Stichting Nowhere, Amsterdam (6-10 August 2007)
11: New Delhi, India (25-29 August)
12: Berlin, Germany (3-6 september)
13: Barcelona, Spain (3-7 September)
14: Amman, Jordan (6-10 September)
15: Yevpatoria, Ukraine (17-21 September)
16: Trstena, Slovakia (26-30 September)
17: Manila, Philippines (27 September - 1 October)
18: Mumbai, India (27-31 October)
19: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (13-17 November)
20: Tel Aviv, Israel (14-18 November)
21: Zilina, Slovakia (31 Oct-4 November)

In July and August, UNICEF and the oneminutes foundation held two workshops in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. The theme was “Daily Life and Dreams.”

The first workshop was held in Lubumbashi, Katanga Province, which is in the southeast corner of the country, on the border of Zambia. The participants, ranging in ages from 13 to 20, came from Lubumbashi, Kinshasa, Kananga and Mbujimay.

The second workshop took place in Kisangani, Orientale Province, which is in the northeast area of the country, on the Congo River. The participants ranged in ages from 12 to 19 and were from Kisangani, Kinshasa, Goma and Bukavu.

The participants of the workshops were selected by the government and were often heads of their respective childrens’ committees/clubs for child rights/, etc… Some of them had experience with photography but not many with video. Luckily, they were very interested in learning and didn’t want to ever put the cameras down. All the children were very enthusiastic, always waiting for the next instruction or the next film shoot.

The films were true expressions of the young people’s experiences in the Congo. Many of the films reflected children’s rights issues, while others conveyed more personal stories. The young people could choose to tell a narrative story, make a documentary or conduct an interview. Some themes came up repeatedly, including children being accused of sorcery, street children, child neglect and the love of their country.

The workshops impacted the children immensely – every child wanted to know if they could keep the cameras. Luckily, the UNICEF DRC office arranged to purchase 3 cameras for each region so that interested kids, with chaperones, can check out the cameras to continue making films.