PhotoVoice in collaboration with PhotoVoice UK
One of the interventions planned for the children’s Health and Hygiene clubs to enable children to raise their voice in order to improve the quality of health, water and sanitation services, is a unique approach known as the PhotoVoice, under which children will be trained to use camera’s to capture surroundings and analyze and present problems that they face every day, and use these pictures as a way to raise their concerns.
For this activity, PhotoVoice UK was identified which is providing technical assistance to Save the Children. It has worked in collaboration with the state teams and implementing partners to develop a comprehensive training package, (including training guide, guidelines, and facilitation support for implementing the PhotoVoice approach in CHHCs). The teachers and children of the PhotoVoice clubs, (2 schools per intervention area) are being trained in the PhotoVoice approach, and they are building skills and competencies of children as agents of change to take their issues and concerns around health and water and sanitation situation to high level fora in order to effect lasting changes in the prevention and control of diarrhoea.
The Photovoice training for master trainers was held in the second week of February, 2016, in which 15 Save the Children Staff and representatives from the implementing partners were trained on the activity. They were trained by Tom Elkins, CEO for PhotoVoice UK.
This training for the master trainers focused on practical skills and equipping the PhotoVoice facilitators to try out the approach. The aim was to produce a set path on the development of PhotoVoice project with CHHCs in schools and communities, as well as develop a set of clear guidelines and user-friendly materials, using child friendly facilitation skills for trainers to implement the approach with children.
The roll out of the PhotoVoice has recently started in one school of the Kolkata slum in ward 58, where 20 children are being trained, after the procurement of 10 cameras per intervention area.
The idea is to align the output from the kids in the form of photo stories and showcase them for advocacy on various platforms and during the inter department coordination meetings. These will also be used for community interactions to bring up the kids voice and also to raise the children’s participation in the process of community development.