DIGITAL RISK EDUCATION
Digital Risk Education with Shadow Puppet Theatre
Project duration: August 2021 - July 2022
Since 2013, the number of mine victims worldwide has sadly doubled. Children and adolescents are involved in 50 percent of all landmine accidents of civilians. All too often, children want to play with found mines or other explosive devices. Demining often takes decades after the termination of a conflict. Therefore, risk education about the dangers and the right behaviour are essential to save lives.
Furthermore, classic, direct risk education has been severely restricted or even impossible in many countries since 2020 due to Covid-related measures. Innovative approaches are therefore needed, and dissemination through digital channels can reach many more people than previous physical meetings.
World Without Mines launched a new digital risk education project for children and adults in 2021. In collaboration with MAG (Mine Advisory Group), four one-minute online videos in the style of a shadow puppet theatre will be created to provide information about the dangers of explosive ordnance
The project is being implemented by The Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation (APTF), an NGO founded in Lebanon in 2008, with broad experience in the implementation of various awareness-raising projects with international donors and different methodologies.
The videos can be used in different regional contexts as they are neutral in terms of gender, religion and region. Because the messages are concise, easy to understand, culturally sensitive, and disseminated using digital channels such as social media, many more people can be reached than with the usual physical meetings. The videos will be distributed in countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Vietnam and are expected to reach two million children and adults in the first phase.
With this project, we want to contribute even more to prevent accidents and save lives.
Here are a few insights of the preparations for the video shoot: