Bridge building towards young responsible citizens

Next 7 of June at 18:00 along the celebration of the European Development Days 2017 in Brussels will take place the workshop “Bridge building towards young responsible citizens in our global village”. This activity aims to share knowledge and good practices on strengthening the resilience of young people, through the production of animated and documentary films.

The laureate filmmaker Jean Charles L’Ami (Belgium) will share his experiences on strengthening resilience of young people to help them to recover from shocks caused by natural disasters and conflict situations.

The content of the workshop is based upon L’Ami’s experience in developing countries like Burundi, Cuba and Venezuela.

Special emphasis will be placed on Venezuela’s 1999 flood case, which shows how young victims can become key players for the prevention of natural disasters by sharing dynamic testimonials through storytelling-videos produced by themselves.

The work done in Venezuela served to share experiences of young survivors to natural disasters and as a base to create a visibility and awareness-raising campaign to disseminate messages for preventing, mitigating, responding, and recovering from natural hazards. In this case, youngsters’ transparent perspective had a multiplier effect when it was time to communicate disaster risks related contents.

The images used and recorded during the workshop served to produce storytelling-videos, which were disseminated widely through different dissemination platforms, regional media, partner’s media and social networks, generating an impact over the target audiences.

The participatory approach of the methodology developed by Jean Charles L’Ami in the last years also brings international cooperation and development issues closer to citizens, while at the same time promotes young communities active learning, critical thinking, motivation, participation and team spirit, which is specially needed to face natural hazards or conflict situations.

This activity is organized in the frame of the EDD 2017, in collaboration with Kidscam, a mobile animation studio that allows children and teens to produce animated films; and Communication Package, a communication agency with a large experience in communicating international cooperation and development, both companies based in Belgium.


Video Presentation of the Session


Jean Charles L’Ami, Film Director / Lulo Motion

Jean-Charles L’ami creates films that involve children and young people by working with them through collective animation workshops and as such building bridges towards young responsible citizens. Since 2003, in Venezuela, in the Andean Region and in Africa, L’Ami worked with more than 8.000 young participants. Jean-Charles brings to the partnership a tremendous skill and experience in taking real life situations and turning them into compelling narratives that are effective.

Joris Van Dael, Founder – Creative Director / Kidscam

Born on October 21 1956 in Antwerp – Belgium, Joris started his artistic career as a music trainer for children, after a one year training by the organisation “Les Jeunesses Musicales de Liège (Belgium). After different experiences in the socio-cultural world, he went back to school and graduated as an actor at the Royal Music conservatory in Liège in 1984.
After developing an acting and directing career for theatre and television, Joris founded the “KIDSCAM animation studio for children and youngsters” in 2003.

Patricia Rodríguez, Communication expert / Communication Package

Patricia Rodríguez Fortún is a Communication and Development Cooperation Project Manager specialist, with over 15 years’ experience in European projects and funded initiatives, the development of communication campaigns and events, the achievement of public and private funds, the administration of non-profit associations and the management of projects for social promotion.
Since May 2016, Patricia has been performing the role of Key Expert in Communications for DEVCO Units C2 and C6 Environment and Climate Change Mainstreaming Facility, as well as Senior Communication Expert for DEVCO Unit C4 (Private Framework Development, Trade, Regional Integration) for the production of visual/communication materials

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