What does it mean to be a child-friendly city? A place for kids to play basketball. Not being harassed on public transportation when you’re hearing-impaired. Being able to study instead of having to work. Having a safe space at home where dad does not abuse alcohol. These are just some of the responses from the youth participants of the OneMinutesJr. workshop in Nepal.
The workshop took place 17-21 March in Pokhara, Nepal. The youth participants came from diverse backgrounds – some were active in child rights programs already, while others were engaging in a UNICEF program for the first time. The workshop theme was focused on child-friendliness in their city. While some of the youth had made videos before, most had little media experience. So videos artists Vivian Lin and Pooja Pant taught basic camera and story-telling skills and led everyone in some video exercises to get a feel for how filming would go.
Ideas flowed freely and it was quick work to get filmable stories out of the participants. Pokhara is a lakeside city with the Annapurna mountain range, in the background, so the great stories were enhanced by beautiful backdrops.
The youth all took quickly to the filming process, getting comfortable with the camera, directing the shoots and coming prepared with props and location choices.
After filming all the stories, all the participants were eager to edit their footage and put the finishing touches on the completed videos.
The final screening at the Landmark hotel kicked off with an incredible array of performances by the participants, from hip hop dancing to singing to traditional Nepali dancing. It was a full house of family and friends and the videos were a big hit with everyone. After taking tons of pictures and celebrating at the final reception, buses were loaded up to return the children and their families to their homes and a few tears were shed as new friends went their separate ways.