Category Archives: Videography

Afterschool in Romania

In Romania, 1 of 6 children drops out of school every year. The main causes for this phenomenon are poverty and  the lack of social services. Child focused NGOs in Romania like World Vision have created afterschool programs to demonstrate that school dropout and children’s social problems can actually be prevented.

I visited school 126 from sector 5, Bucharest and talked to children benefiting from this program, parents and teachers. A few days later, I took a long journey (about 15 hours by train) to Vaslui county, one of the poorest areas in Romania, to see the same model of afterschool services applied in the rural areas.

Experts in the field widely agree that such programs should be made available at national level to all children and families in need. The after-school programs can also help children whose parents have emigrated abroad for work.

Watch the video below to hear the amazing stories of some of the people I’ve met in this adventure.  You can activate both English and Italian subtitles in the YouTube player. The + and – keys on your keyboard allow you to adjust subtitle size, while pressing “b” will activate a background to subtitles to enhance readability.

My travel companion was Giorgio Comai, who has actually written more extensively about this  topic on Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso. You can read his feature story here.

Twitter tutorial for complete newbies

Over a year ago, I’ve put together a very basic introduction to Twitter for my colleagues. At the time, Facebook seemed to be a more familiar tool for advocacy in our group, whereas Twitter’s potential remained somehow unexplored.

“What can you possibly say in 140 characters”? “What on Earth is a hashtag”? “How do you include multimedia links on Twitter”? “Can you really hook a politician on Twitter?”

I will write more extensively about it in my next posts. In the meantime, enjoy this introduction.

Child labor in Albania

Child labor continues to be of great concern for Albania. In spite of the fact that for many years it has been a topic of discussion within central structures of the Albanian government, child labor has not yet decreased.

I visited Tirana during the summer of 2013. I had the privilege to meet child protection experts from the Albanian BKTF Coalition and other child focused NGOs like Alo 116, Rromani Baxt Albania and World Vision.

You can watch the result of these encounters in the video below.

During my stay in Tirana I also discovered the “missing manhole cover” paradigm. You can read about it here.

Serbia, child poverty…

In the last years, the wider social, economic and political changes have greatly affected the lives of children, while many families from the  Roma population face particular disadvantages, live in slum housing without sanitation facilities or clean water.

At the age of six or seven when children have to start school, poorer children will often stay at home: a quarter of poor children do not attend primary education in Serbia.

I met experts from Serbian MODS coalition and various NGOs like Association for Development of Children and Youth – Open Club and Friends of Children New Belgrade to talk about these issues.

You can watch the result of these encounters below.

Together for Child Protection in the Wider Black Sea Area

Members of national parliaments throughout the wider Black Sea Region came together at the annual Black Sea NGO Forum (Bucharest, October 24-25, 2012). The panel of parliamentarians, hosted by the region’s child protection coalition ChildPact, issued a call to all countries within the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) to build a Fund for Children that stimulates collaboration and innovation on child protection in a region largely characterized by common trends of child vulnerability.