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Zimbabwe: Reality TV show as medium to learn about Constructive Criticism

sistarThrough video workshops, Volens, a Belgian NGO works with orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe, counseling them on how they can deal respectfully with giving and taking constructive criticism. Through this process the children wrote, performed, filmed and edited a short movie showing how gossip and badly given criticism could kill.

In the Chiedza Child Care Center in Waterfalls, Harare, fifteen children between 12 and 18 years worked with the NGO learning about video making and constructive criticism. They decided to film a mystery in a reality TV situation, where the characters face the death of one of the members of the Big Sistar house they all live in. It seems she was poisoned, and they try to figure out who had a motive to kill her, and they come face to face with the consequences of gossip and destructive criticism.

At the end of the movie, the children all give tips and tricks on how to give constructive criticism in the best way possible as well as how to receive it in good spirit.

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