We-CTV National Production Day
On Tuesday 11th November 2014, young people from across Scotland came together to focus on ways to reduce interpersonal violence through creativity as part of a national competition, run by the Scottish Youth Parliament.
The We-CTV competition, facilitated by the No Knives, Better Lives initiative, encourages young people aged 11-18 to think about the problems interpersonal violence causes in local communities, and provides them with an opportunity to create artwork, literature or multimedia content to educate their peers on issues such as knife crime, abuse or online bullying.
Experts in video production, writing and art as well as knife crime and violence reduction were in attendance at Hampden Stadium to offer advice and support to the shortlisted We-CTV competition entrants.
Speaking about the National Production Day, David Stewart, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament and We-CTV Champion, said: “I am delighted to have witnessed such fantastic energy and enthusiasm today from young people across the country who have entered the Scottish Youth Parliament’s We-CTV competition.
“We-CTV provides an opportunity for young people to use their creative skills to promote anti-violence messages, and our National Production Day has helped to equip them with the experience and expertise to get the most out of the competition.”
“Through our consultation work, we know that young people are concerned about knife crime and interpersonal violence, and they value the importance of researching and promoting solutions. The young people across Scotland participating in the We-CTV competition want to make a difference in their local community, and shape discussions that can pave the way to a safer and fairer society.”
The groups who made it to the national stage of the We-CTV competition enjoyed the opportunity to meet with creative experts and those working to eradicate violence from Scotland’s streets.
Sulayman Tabassam, 14 and from Castlehead High School in Paisley, who won the competition in 2013 said: “The We-CTV competition production day is a really enjoyable experience for all of the young people who attend.
“The great thing about We-CTV is that young people take part in every aspect of creating their ideas and turning them into a professional video for our peers. From developing storyboards, filming and then editing the finished video it means that we have had a chance to increase our knowledge and creative skills.
“Throughout the day we also heard from a number of speakers including the police, medics, lawyers and even someone who had gone to prison because of knife crime. Listening to their stories and what they have faced due to interpersonal violence, we learned a lot about the dangers of carrying a knife and it really opened our eyes to the consequences it can have on our own future, as well as on family, friends and local community.”
Gerry Farrell, a freelance creative who attended the event to pass on his knowledge on video production said: “The Scottish Youth Parliament and No Knives, Better Lives deserve all the praise and encouragement they can get for building the We-CTV project from scratch and sustaining it for so many years.
“Our young people are the ones who have most to lose from being sucked into violence or gangs early in their lives. We-CTV works hard with just about every secondary school in Scotland to teach useful life lessons to these youngsters at the same time as equipping them with communication skillsets that will help them flourish in years to come.”
The groups participating in the competition will submit their final creative solutions by Friday 16th January 2015. The shortlisted submissions will then go to an online vote from Monday 26th January 2015 – Sunday 8th February 2015, where the public will be able to decide the winner of the We-CTV competition 2014/15.
Find out more at www.syp.org.uk