Delegation of the European Union to Uganda

Photography and visual literacy for active citizenship

15/03/2021 - 08:45
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EU funded project expands education curriculum for Makerere University students interested in lens-based media following 13 month of in-depth workshops and exhibitions.

FOTEA Foundation (Uganda Press Photo Award) and Makerere University have successfully concluded the project “Photography and Visual Literacy for Active Citizenship”, co-funded by the European Union.  

The partners set out to expand photography education provided to students of Makerere University's Department of Journalism and Communication (DJC). Participants took part in a series of in-depth workshops, lectures and talks, aimed at developing visual literacy skills and learning about the history of photography on the African continent, as well as encouraging critical and creative thinking and project research.

The workshops also encompassed technical skills and encouraged participants to engage with Ugandan history and archives. Through the lens of their own cameras, participants documented local communities and looked into cultural, political and social issues during the Covid-19 lockdown and Uganda's just concluded electoral period.

The results of their work were displayed at a photo exhibition held at Makerere University as part of the project’s closure ceremony. 

The project is funded through the programme “Culture@Work Africa: Promoting the Public Value of Intercultural Dialogue for Social Cohesion in Urban Africa." The programme is the result of a consortium of eight African, European and international partners who joined forces with the European Union to create new opportunities for intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in urban and peri-urban areas in Africa as drivers for social inclusion and sustainable human development.

To know more see https://www.cultureatworkafrica.net/2020/01/02/photography-and-visual-literacy-for-active-citizenship/ and watch the project trailer. 

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