Youth Use Film to Tackle Governance

Youth parliamentarian directing a short film on traditional methods of conflict resolution

Members of the Children Parliament joined youth from Addis Ababa to produce short one minute films on various governance issues.


  • Children’s parliaments were established in 2006 by the Ethiopian Institute of the Ombudsman. Members are aged from 12 to 16 years old..
  • To date, 920 early marriage cases have been identified and reported to the police by child MPs.
  • UNDP has provided support to 8 of the 11 model children parliaments around the country, and the success of the initiative has led the country to decide to set up a further 62 across the nation.

UNDP Ethiopia used the one minute film format, which included a five day training on video production for the participating youth, as a popular, quick, relatively cheap, and user friendly format to engage citizens, particularly vulnerable groups such as youth, to use media to engage with society both nationally and global through telling their stories in a creative manner.

The youth produced seventeen one minutes films on different governance
issues such as ,leadership, corruption, conflict resolution and gender equality. The films were presented to audiences including parents, Implementing partner representatives, and representatives from UNDP.

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