Photovoice, according to photovoice.org, is a process by which people can identify, represent, and enhance their community
through a specific photographic technique. It entrusts cameras to the hands of people to enable them to act as recorders, and potential catalysts for social action and change, in their own communities. It uses the immediacy of the visual image and accompanying stories to furnish evidence and to promote an effective, participatory means of sharing expertise to create
healthful public policy.
Ambrose is one of the leaders at The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Alumni platform in Uganda and when he called me concerning the Photovoice workshop, I was intrigued. Particularly because I understood the concept, but the term ‘photo voice’ had not crossed my mind before. Attending the workshop, however, is what revealed to me that in so many ways, I was applying photo-voice, even without knowing the technical term and so are many other people in various communities.
Digital storytelling is so profound, isn’t it? Now Brac Uganda, in association with the Mastercard Foundation, is and has been awarding students with Academic scholarships basing on the three requirements below;
- Economic Disadvantage
- Academic merit
- Leadership skills
Having been a beneficiary myself until a year ago, I was thrilled by Brac’s effort to engage scholars in photovoice activities even while at school and throughout the workshop, all I could think of was; How I wish this was introduced in my high school days! It would have saved me a lot of dilly-dallying in career development but then again, It is amazing.
The students covered some amazing concepts and themes. See pictures below! Also, please click here to download pdf on photovoice, as issued by photovoice.org