1: Munich, Germany (February 2-6, 2009)
2: Malacca, Malaysia (February 4-8, 2009)
3: Dakar, Senegal (April 2-6, 2009)
4: Cape Town, South Africa (April 4-8, 2009)
5: Kyrgyzstan (April 27 - May 1, 2009)
6: Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 31 - June 4, 2009)
7: Berlin, Germany (May 2-5, 2009)
8: Astana, Kazakhstan (July 8-12, 2009)
9: Niamey, Niger (July 25-29, 2009)
10: Donetsk, Ukraine (August 17-21, 2009)
11: Christ Church, Barbados (August 25-29. 2009)
12: Straseni, Moldova (September 7-11, 2009)
13: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (September 24-28, 2009)
14: Hanoi, Vietnam (October 22-26, 2009)
15: Budva, Montenegro (November 2-6, 2009)
16: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (November 16-20, 2009)
15 teenagers from different regions in Papua New Guinea have gathered in the capital Port Moresby this week to participate in a OneMinutesJr video workshop. The UNICEF-supported training will produce 15 films, all exactly 60 seconds long, on different aspects concerning children's rights.
With the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) turning 20 this week and, the workshop fits in with global celebrations of the CRC this month and International Children's Day on November 20th.
After a short round of introductions, the two video trainers show some examples of successful OneMinutesJr videos from recent workshops to the participants to give them an idea of what can be done in a minute. There are different techniques of telling a story in a video and lots of different ways of filming and editing. It is interesting for the trainers to find out which of the screened videos the participants liked best. The discussion helps the trainers a lot to understand what kind of films might come out of this workshop. The psychology behind it is that the participants choose their favorite movies always based on what they can relate to best.
In the afternoon, we start discussing film ideas individually with the participants. Here in Papua New Guinea, the young people seem to feel more comfortable talking to us face-to-face rather than in a big group in the workshop room. However, we are still surprised how open and focused they are and soon we have a good list of great topics for the filming that awaits us over the next few days.
Alythea (13) has spent 18 months with her family in Australia, where she also went to school. Back here in PNG, she is shocked that she has to be in one class with over 50 other children and only one teacher. Her film will be about the right to education and she will not only speak for herself: Education seems to be a very important topic for many of the participants at the workshop.
Another topic that comes up frequently when we are talking to the children about their story ideas is violence. Wesley (14) wants to make a film about this and tells us what parents beat their children with: Brooms, rubber hoses, canes, power cables, belts. We just need to organize all these "tools" plus a flag of Papua New Guinea and we can create a great film that speaks out against domestic violence.
At the end of the first day of the workshop, we have talked in detail to all the participants and already have the feeling that they will create a set of very strong movies that will then work as advocates for an improvement in child rights in the country.