Title: Gearing Up: Ball | Posted on 2013 12 12 in News

UNICEF Indonesia films now online

A series of films developed by Weave Films for an innovative children's sports program in Indonesia can be previewed online before they're officially launched next year.

The instructional videos are part of UNICEF Indonesia's Sports for Development program, which aims to boost teacher's skills to deliver high-quality, inclusive and fun physical education in schools.

The program not only focuses on improving sports games and activities for children, but it addresses a shortage of sports equipment in schools.

"During the field work, teachers reported situations where they had just one or two balls for classes of up to 70 students," says Weave Films' Emma Masters, who travelled from Darwin to Indonesia as a communications consultant and filmmaker for the UNICEF.

"Many teachers spoke of how children were bored because they were forced to wait long periods to take their turn during games."

The program encourages the teachers to think about ways to make their own equipment.

"The instructional films have been developed alongside a booklet to showcase the teachers' ideas and disseminate to other schools so they can create equipment for their own specific needs," says Ms Masters.

"Limited budget and time meant we had to narrrow our focus and simplify how the videos were delivered - we so saw many fantastic innovations and ideas in the schools it was a hard task limiting what we could do."

The films feature making balls, bats, javelin, discuss, weights, and markers and bibs - and they can all be viewed online at

"Sport can play such an important role in the physical, emotional and social development of children. It not only promotes healthy living and is proven to help reduce stress and tension, but it teaches vital teamwork and sportsmanship skills," says Ms Masters.

"In a community context, sport brings people together. It creates social cohesion as well as a healthy respect for competition."

"It's been a pleasure working on a project that gives to children and Indonesia in so many ways."

The videos and booklet were developed in collaboration with Matahati Production's cameraman Imam Sewoko and photographer Ed Wray. Editing was completed with the exquiisite fine tuning assistance of Darwin editor Franco Pistillo. Recording at Masters Studio. Thanks to others who made this such a memorable project.