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Eyes of Youth - Kurbin, Albania (2011)

Location: Europe, Albania

Keywords: Education, Young People

Project Background

Project Manager: Matt Daw
Facilitators: Jenny Matthews, Glynis Shaw, Lucy Williams
Local coordination: Jurgena Hajdaraj, Edi Markaj
Film-maker: David Nwikpo
Filming assistant: Rodolf Dymali

In 2011 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.  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.

At the end of the course, 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. This will ensure that the process of open dialogue about the root causes and potential solutions to the issues highlighted can continue, and reach even those who did not attend the exhibitions. A short film showing the project process is to be used by World Vision as a training tool and as a case study of a project engaging a wider community through photography.

Project photo gallery

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Project Outputs

A 16 minute documentary about the Eyes of Youth project, by David Nwikpo, supported by Rodolf Dymali, one of the young people who participated in PhotoVoice’s first project in partnership with World Vision Albania - See it Our Way.

Eyes of Youth Albania from PhotoVoice on Vimeo.