2009 workshops

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)

In February, youth from every state of Malaysia came together at the Malacca Straights Hotel for the country's first oneminutesjr. workshop. Conducted in conjunction with UNICEF Malaysia and the Malaysia Ministry of Education, the workshop invited the children to share their thoughts on the theme "Daily Life and Dreams."

Workshop participants included children from the ‘Orang Asli’ indigenous community, ethnic minorities and children living with disabilities – as well as those living in the shadow of HIV and AIDS. During the five-day workshop, children equipped themselves with basic filmmaking skills and a newfound sense of confidence to tackle life’s challenges.

Youth reporter Wan Su-Ann, 17, welcomed the chance for her story to be heard. “People always say that teens are meant to be seen and not heard,” she said. “I have the very strong urge to tell people that we are teens, we have our opinions and we want the world to know.”

Speaking in sign language, hearing-impaired Muhammad Syarifuddin bin Mohd Razib, 15, added: “I am deaf, but through video making, I can share my story with others and the world.”

A selection of the one-minute videos – some poignant, others funny – were aired by Malaysia’s Media Prima Group 8 TV channel on 1 March 2009 to mark the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting. Videos from the workshop will also be submitted to the Dubai International Film Festival (one of the sponsors of the workshop) to be featured at their festivals.