Photography and visual literacy for active citizenship

Main applicant: FOTEA/ Uganda Press Photo Award
Partners: Makerere University, Department of Journalism and Communication
Implementation: Uganda
Project duration: November 2019 – December 2020
Project code: 02-01114

With photojournalism and visual literacy, subjects that are missing in the university curriculum, this project wants to expand an extra curriculum for students interested in lens-based media. Over the course of 13 months, students will participate in a series of four in-depth workshops and two exhibitions. The workshops will focus on developing visual literacy, critical thinking, getting to know the history of photography in Africa, project research and idea development techniques, technical skills, looking into our own history and archives as well as documenting cultural, societal and ethnic minorities of Kampala. The outcomes will be exhibited in public and open spaces within Makerere University. At the same time, the project will support the DJC faculty in re-tooling lecturers with new skills in photography education, training the, and giving them the capacity to competently pass on these needed skills to photography and visual communication students

This project is led by FOTEA, a non-profit organization whose main aim is to work towards building a platform for photographers in East Africa to connect, learn and grow, by providing opportunities for photography and visual literacy education, organizing competitions, exhibitions and lens-based media related activities. FOTEA works in partnership with Department of Journalism and Communication from the Mekere University.