PhotoVoice partnered with World Vision to use photography to engage members of three communities in Kurbin, a deprived area of Albania, in exploring, highlighting and discussing potential solutions to a range of social issues affecting the local population.
Jenny Matthews, Glynis Shaw, Lucy Williams
PhotoVoice partnered with World Vision to use photography to engage members of three communities in Kurbin, a deprived area of Albania, in exploring, highlighting and discussing potential solutions to a range of social issues affecting the local population. By working with young people over a two month period PhotoVoice aims to encourage discussion of the issues that they raise and potential solutions amongst the community, in order to sensitise all levels of the community to participate in improving conditions for young people and future generations.
- To highlight the social issues affecting the human rights of young people in Kurbin and wider Albania, and to engage representative communities in discussing and working towards solutions.
- Young people are equipped with tools and training to advocate for issues important to them and their community.
- Young people’s experiences and perspectives are highlighted and discussed in their communities and beyond.
- Sustainable frameworks for youth and community based advocacy are created in the region through the presence of trained staff able to initiate and support new and continuing photo-advocacy.
PhotoVoice facilitators ran courses of 10 workshops with groups of children in each community, teaching them to use digital cameras and supporting them to explore issues affecting the community. Alongside photography skills they were introduced to concepts of ethical representation, model consent, parental permission for children under 18 and other important considerations for a responsible photojournalist. As a group they discussed the images each young person produced, helping to build a picture of the state of the community in reference to three key areas – child protection, education and economic development.
The work produced and captioned by the young people was exhibited in each community, and formed the basis for ‘community engagement days’ that encouraged debate and feedback from all those who attended. The involvement of a number of young people from the community ensured there was interest in attending and the representation from each community was broad. A book has been produced showcasing the work for dissemination amongst the communities involved and throughout Albania.