#Providenciales, June 18, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – The Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Social Development, in collaboration with UNICEF engaged in a Child Safeguarding exercise with createfuturegood in May 2018 as part of Caribbean-wide Child Month Activities. Createfuturegood -the most active and effective Children’s Rights and Child Protection NGO in the Caribbean, started their “I Have The Power”Campaign with 63 high-school students from TCI. This campaign is set to engage adolescent rights advocates with an interest in media production across the Caribbean in the next year.
Createfuturegood conducted workshops in Children’s Rights and child safeguarding throughout the TCI, and with technical support from production company CreativeJoint produced 4 short videos with participants from, North and Middle Caicos, South Caicos, Providenciales and Grand Turk.
Createfuturegood is a social enterprise with a clear purpose: helping children to realize their power for a better world. Since 2010 the organization has had successful initiatives and campaigns that assist children to enjoy their rights through creative interventions, shaping conscious adults who will make a better world. Createfuturegood has successfully produced learning tools and videos that effectively help children in protecting themselves from abuse and violence.
The Turks and Caicos Islands production of Child Safeguarding Material Project entailed workshops that covered concept design and production, of a series of awareness advertisements that will be part of the larger “I Have The Power” campaign addressing children’s rights and child protection throughout the Caribbean region.
This initiative initially targeted 40 students, and eventually engaged 63 participants for the workshop and production between the ages of 12 and 17 years old on how to create campaigns, develop messages, and produce audio visual tools that would facilitate Public awareness on Child Safeguarding/Violence reduction matters affecting their target audiences. They learned to develop material and messages that would be appealing to their classmates.
Over 100,000 students, parents, teachers and education staff, caregivers and family members would also be reached via online sharing. Participants were recorded for the purpose of the campaign pieces as well as a feature on the project.
Createfuturegood’s Director Nadella Oya stated; “The participants from Turks and Caicos were amazing in their application of investigating issues within their communities, and developing key messages to target the issues.”
She went on to say that; “The heartfelt desire to change social behavior that affect children regarding child sexual abuse, cyber-bullying and peer pressure, shows the courage these children have to manifest in their daily lives. And clearly they are willing to use that courage to make their country better. They tackled the issues head-on.”
Overall, the youth were able to share their views on matters affecting them. Each community have different leans to the issues they are experiencing. The youth played roles of cast and others crew working with the technical team. Each community has its very own nuances to positive and negative factors.
This production and video recording workshop experience has given a portion of the youth of TCI a step forward in what could be a potential career path for them. The youth were interactive, lively and expressive. The sessions were exhilarating and powerful. It is amazing how youth can produce positive things when guided in the right direction.
The campaign pieces are expected to be released online by July 2018.
|Date||Territory||Location||Time||# of Participants||Theme of Production|
|22 May 2018||Grand Turk||Anglican Dillon Hall||9:30am to 4pm||17||Child Sexual Abuse|
|23 May 2018||South Caicos||DC Office||9am to 4pm||19||Child Abuse|
|24 May 2018||North/Middle Caicos||Kew Community Center||10:30am to 5pm||11||Cyber-Bullying|
|25 & 26 May 2018||Provo||DSD Conference room||9am to 5pm||12||Peer- pressure + Cyber-bullying + Substance Abuse + Mental Health and Wellness (Depression)|
Director of Social Development, Mrs. Tiffany Thomas-Browne and her team say a special thank you to UNICEF for fully sponsoring this important project.