2 months ago we started a project called ‘I4opportunities’ in Nyabu District, one of rural district of Rwanda. The project aims at equipping youth with digital literacy skills, and the effective use of internet in getting different opportunities around. Through I4Opportunities, we don’t only provide workshops for our beneficiaries but also we approach different organisations that are offering opportunities to work with our beneficiaries.
One exciting news is that now we are hosting Kigali Center for Photography, a center that aims to explore and promote Rwandan and foreign photography, support emerging Rwandan artists and explore beyond the medium. Now we are collaborating for their initiative called ‘Learning For Change’ to support around 60 beneficiaries from RwandOpp.
From this great opportunities we expect our beneficiaries to become innovators, storytellers and photography activists. Kigali Center for Photography is equipping these young people with photography skills through weekly free workshops, and they will get an amazing opportunity to exhibit their pictures which they will take throughout the 6 weeks journey.
In fact, Learning For Change aims to engage young people into the development of the country, to let the communities speak about the social issues around their communities and to give opportunities to whom interested into visual story-telling.
Learning For Change is already targeting more than 200 young people in Rwanda by focusing in different social and community issues such as adolescent pregnancy, access to clean drinking water, child abuse and neglect, crime, domestic violence, drug use, environmental contamination, ethnic conflict, health disparities, HIV/ AIDS, inadequate emergency services, inequality, jobs, lack of affordable housing, poverty and Identity.
Its goal is to create education activities, involve communities in continuous social engagement, offer opportunities to young people, give voice to voiceless, improve their way of thinking, educate them how to speak about those socials, self-sustain, and empower the communities in different ways.
Local and international photographers will be travelling to Nyabihu and other different district working with youth for creating pieces to present during Home Stay Exhibitions and Public Exhibition in their neighborhoods.