17 complete UNICEF adolescent activity in Mampang PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2015 14:49

By Jasmine Mohammadsali

Adolescents from the Masepla transitory site complete today a five-day training spearheaded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
A total of 17adolescents from different ethnic groups joined the collaborative training dubbed Participatory Video Training, a skill-based training on film-making and video production held from April 20-24 at the Mampang barangay hall.
Mentored by resource persons from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Kids for Peace, and Melbourne-based group Storyscape, participants underwent training on film-making covering story and concept development, editing, post-production and different film-making techniques.
As part of the training outputs, participants will be producing their own videos and stories which will be presented to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
Aside from helping participants gain new skills, the training also sought to give adolescents experiencing life in Masepla the opportunity to work and communicate with people they normally would not interact with, and the confidence to share their stories and thoughts about home, family, and living in a new community.
Arlene Aragones of the UNICEF Zamboanga Field Office said the training, which stemmed from the desire of young people in Masepa to have a sense of belongingness and to be part of a group, specifically targeted to bring together adolescents with Badjau, Tausug, and Chavacano lineages who have not been given the chance to join training opportunities and youth initiatives.
The Masepla transitory site, divided into Masepla I, II, and III, serves as the temporary home for approximately 1,183 families, making it the largest shelter site for IDPs, to date.
“This group of young people get to work together. We have a mixed group, boys and girls, different ethnic groups, and they get to explore things that are important to them, including the role of family, and home, and place, and what it means living together in a new place like Masepla,” said HIV and Adolescent Specialist for UNICEF Emma Brathwaite.
The Participatory Video Training is a UNICEF-supported initiative in collaboration with the local government of Zamboanga through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the City Health Office (CHO), the Human Development Empowerment Services (HDES), Storyscape, Kids for Peace, and the Ateneo de Zamboanga University.
It is a part of the UNICEF’s broad programs on adolescent health and development participation in the Philippines. —Jasmine Mohammadsali