Children from St Nicholas, Coronation, Honiara Integrated Community High School, Tuvaruhu and Koloale primary schools in Honiara were trained in filmmaking ahead of Commonwealth Day.
The filmmaking was made possible through partnership with the British High Commission in Solomon Islands and local theatre group Dreamcast Theatre.
Training was facilitated by Dreamcast Theatre Group film producers, who guided the school children through camera work, script writing and scene production.
Prior to filmmaking the children learned about the Commonwealth, its work, history and the principles of the Commonwealth Charter. They then chose which core values and principles of the Charter resonated with them to produce a film.
After learning about the Commonwealth Charter, the children decided to produce films based on three core values and principles of the Charter namely: Protecting the Environment, Human Rights and Democracy.
Grouped according to their schools, the children were then taught to produce films depicting these three principles. The films will be shown today on Commonwealth Day.
Opened by British Deputy High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Emma Davis, the three-day filmmaking training began last Wednesday at Dreamcast Theatre art hub in China Town.
Films produced by the children will be screened this afternoon at the Dreamcast Theatre art hub in Honiara.
This year’s Commonwealth Day theme is “Forging a Sustainable and Peaceful Common Future”.
About the Commonwealth Charter
The Commonwealth Charter is a document of the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Charter expresses the commitment of member states to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all the people of the Commonwealth.
The Charter also acknowledges the role of civil society in supporting the goals and values of the Commonwealth.
This year’s Commonwealth Day celebrations also marks the 10th anniversary of the Commonwealth Charter.
There are 16 core values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter and they are:
- Human Rights,
- International Peace and Security,
- Tolerance, Respect and Understanding,
- Freedom of Expression,
- Separation of Powers,
- Rule of Law,
- Good Governance,
- Sustainable Development,
- Protecting the Environment,
- Access to Health, Education, Food and Shelter,
- Gender Equality,
- Importance of Young People in the Commonwealth,
- Recognition of the needs of Small States,
- Recognition of the needs of Vulnerable States,
- The Role of Civil Society.