South Africa IFP photo Essay

Originally posted Nov 15, 2012 7:22 AM by Project Africa

Jordan Clark, Carlos Cagin and Palia Makam ran a youth media and social activism workshop in Khayelitsha, Cape Town this past summer with the IFP. This is their reflective photo essay.

 In South Africa there are two school systems. The first system serves the richest 25% of children—it is well functioning, with high-quality infrastructure, qualified and motivated teachers, and excellent results. The second system, based primarily in African and “colored” communities, is under-resourced and dysfunctional, crippled by lack of infrastructure, poor management, and severe levels of teacher absenteeism.

While engagement at the policy level is crucial in a country that was built around institutionalized inequality, youth voices on the ground, from those directly affected by the injustices, must be heard in order to truly transform education policy in an equitable way.
This past summer, in collaboration with five high school students from the township Khayelitsha, we created the youth media and social activism workshop—Amazwi Wethu [Our Voices]
Too often young people, especially young people in underserved communities, are spoken for instead of with, and not provided the access and tools to create change. Through Amazwi Wethu, our students became socially conscious storytellers as they built documentary filmmaking and photography skills, and used those skills to advocate for themselves and their communities.

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