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from the child's eye: An exhibition of photographs and writing by
children and youth from the suburbs of Harare
Protection Society (CPS)
August 03, 2004
As part of Child
Protection Society’s community based and youth development programming
and in recognition of the principles of child participation, ten
children and youth from the Highfield and Epworth districts of Harare
have been taught the basics of photography, given cameras and black
and white film, and led through various writing and photography
assignments. These assignments asked the youth to visually and literally
reflect and comment on the realities of their lives. Assignments
included topics such as "My family", "My role model",
"My aspirations", and "My dreams". The work
that they have produced indicates their ability not only to perceive
the complex realities of their lives, but also to present it back
to us - in expressive and beautiful images and words. CPS is hosting
an exhibition of this work on the evening of Monday 2 August 2004
from 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Book Café in Harare.
All of the children
who participated in this project are members of Child Protection
Society’s Psycho-Social Support Youth Group in Highfield. The leaders
of the youth group selected the ten children to spend an hour each
Saturday working with Lucy Wilson, a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow
who has spent the last six months with Child Protection Society.
The children were provided with cameras and black and white film,
along with basic photographic instruction. As the class met regularly
over the past four months, Lucy first asked the youth to write short
essays on various topics. Based on their writings, the children
were encouraged to photograph those same topics. Assignments were
often drawn from the students’ own interests. Once developed, the
images were edited by students and captions were written. The youth’s
own community had the first opportunity to view the children’s work.
An initial exhibition was held in Highfield on 31 July 2004 as part
of Child Protection Society’s Youth Group Gala commemorating the
Day of the African Child.
this work has come from various sources. Child Protection Society
would like to thank the Lewis Hine Documentary Initiative, Strachan’s
Photographic, Catholic Relief Services/Zimbabwe – The STRIVE Project,
Swedish International Development Cooperative Agency (Sida), United
States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Bernard
van Leer Foundation, as well all others who assisted in making this
project a reality.
Society (CPS) is a local child rights’ advocacy organization that
was established in 1952 to promote the rights of children in difficult
circumstances in Zimbabwe. CPS envisions a child-friendly community,
which facilitates the achievement of full potential for every child.
CPS’s mission is protect and promote the well-being of all children
and assist them to become self-reliant, responsible citizens.
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