Our trip to the Hatay Altinozu Container Camp from the 3rd–6th of May 2018 included mentors from TRT Arabic who came to participate in the delivery of the workshops. The students learnt how to produce videos, make news packages and also had the opportunity to interact with the highly qualified mentors.

Children of the Altınözü Refugee Camp

The camp is home to over 10,000 people - almost 65% of them are under 18 years old. The Turkish government has started a number of state-funded initiatives including karate, self-defence classes, music, looming, art, and textile-making. Most of the doctors and teachers are Syrians currently residing in the camp - offering skilled employment for those with accreditation and providing culturally sensitive services for residents.

Hatay: DAY 1

Kicking off with the distribution of TRT World merchandise that included press passes, pens, and notebooks, the #J4J cohort invited guest speaker Ahmed Diab from TRT World in Washington DC. Students participated in ice-breaker activities and began classes in story-telling and mobile journalism. Many shared their own stories and set goals to achieve in the future.

Hatay: DAY 2

Students attended further workshops in field production, journalism, social media and mobile journalism, and storytelling. Classes culminated in a news-package competition. Students were separated into small groups and challenged to utilise their newfound skills to create interview and story packages to be judged by #J4J mentors. After the workshops, students were handed out their own personalised #J4J certificates.