This piece of work was commissioned by the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children, a not for profit association of independent children’s rights institutions who facilitate the protection and promotion of Children’s Rights, as formulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The project sought the views of children and young people across Europe on providing equal opportunities in education; creating a film to inform professionals in the enhancement of services, practice and policy around Children’s Rights in Europe.
We worked closely with the offices of Ombudspersons for Children and their Young Advisor groups in six countries, Georgia, France, Greece, Malta, Cyprus and Scotland.
We used our ‘ImMEDIAte NEWS’ film production and engagement model in co-production with the young advisors, combining an advocacy process with the use of film as an empowerment and development tool. In 1:1 and groups, participants learned how to work together as a team, find common cause, and build the confidence to share and explore their own experiences, finally presenting these using creative filmmaking techniques.
We supported the young people to take the lead in exploring and suggesting improvements based on barriers they have faced. They learned to communicate an effective message to an audience, and skills in storyboarding, scripting, camera, sound and post-production; along with dramatic and expressive arts techniques to demonstrate ideas and arguments.