This project will enable IDPs youth age 16-22 living in Jalozai IDPs Camp and host communities, to tell stories about themselves and their communities. By learning the documentary approach in photography, IDPs youth will create media products about their lives. Eligible IDPs youth will be identified and registered. 40 youth will be trained, while each participant will produce a piece of work; In addition, the participants will also be given a crash course on citizen journalism, allowing them to disseminate their best works through the Internet in the future.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
IDPs Camp Jalozai District Nowshera & Host communities of Peshawar
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
The ongoing military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan , have led to a large scale displacement of local population across the region since 2009. This project is to create an enabling environment for the youth living in IDPs camp of Jalozai and the off-camp host localities, so that the youth is self–dependent, productive and able to contribute to the efforts to minimize the miseries of displaced communities. 40 Internally Displace youth age 16-22 having basic knowledge of computer and internet will be given specialized on hands training on new media tools such as photography along with the use of media and cultural activities for peace building and social harmony.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
40 internally displaced youths will be trained in new media tools such as citizen journalism, photography with a clear focus on story outputs. Each participant will produce a piece of work during the training. This will develop and showcase their talents through documentary approach of photography. The news and photos of proposed project will be uploaded and shared through social media i.e facebook and flicker. This project will enable IDPs youth living to tell stories about themselves and their communities. Network of the trained youth will be formed and The potential trainees and best participants identified during training will be linked up with local media outlets so that these trainees can be offered one month internship to improve their learning skills.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
URDO has already trained 150 youth living in host communities in new media tools, including audio storytelling, and video storytelling. A network of trained youth has been formed. The trained IDPs youth under the propose project will be link with our existing youth network, where they can share their experience/skill with the youth of host communities. URDO has experienced and qualified trainers. Three of our staff members recently get an intensive Photography training from the National Geographic Society and Internews.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
40 Internally Displace youth -male & Female between the age of 16-22 living in Jalozai Camp Nowshera and in host communities of Peshawar will be given specialized on hands training on media tools so that these youth are well capacitated and enabled to earn a livelihood if given an opportunity. Network of trained youth will be formed where they can share their experience/skill. They Network members will meet regularly. The potential trainees and best participants identified during training will be linked up with local media outlets so that these trainees can be offered one month internship to improve their learning skills.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
The training participants will learn about Photography skill. they will learn about: Difference between Photojournalism and Fine Art Photography, Understanding & importance of Photojournalism, Slide show of some story-telling Photographs, Recognize basic photography principles , Recognize and utilize basic photography principles in their own work, Set the camera properly to produce desired photographic effects, Take photographs that have news value for the purpose of journalistic publication, Write captions for all of their photos using correct journalistic form, URDO has experienced and qualified trainers. Three of our staff members recently get an intensive Photography training from the National Geographic Society and Internews.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The training workshop will be held at local training center, the space is conducive for formal lectures, group works and complete training as whole. Photography is practical thing. It gets better with practice therefore the participants of the workshop will be brought to field for some practical photography once they learnt about the basics of camera and a photograph. 40 youth will be trained in two groups of twenty people in each training . 10 Digital camera Model A-2300 with 4 Gb memory card and 5 laptop will be used during the training. The training room is equip with multimedia and with internet connection (DSL) of 2Mbps speed.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
URDO is a registered organization working since 1998. Since its inception, it has worked on governance, rule of law, media communication skills, strengthening civil society and democratic development. The organization has its outreach in 21 district of Pakistan ,. URDO has a team of resource persons and specialists from academic, research to project management and from here to technical experts, who are on pool for provision of support to the organization. URDO undertook different types of interventions with youth since its inception , URDO trained 150 youth on audio storytelling and video storytelling. Three of our staff members recently get an intensive Photography training from the National Geographic Society and Internews.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
As URDO is already working with the Internally Displace population both living inside IPDs Camp and outside camp, so there is no specific challenge facing, however , identification of female youth will be a challenge , however it will be address through involvement of community elders, they will take into confidence so that they don’t see the activities as a potential threat to their cultural values.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
URDO will assess the quality of contents produced by the trainees such as quality of photographs, news stories and comments among others. We will further assess the interest generated from both the regional and global digital community in the content generated from the project by looking at number of posts, comments, views and feedback generated by these audiences from their interactions with the content produced by the primary participants.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2013?
Total Time period: 3 Month from May to July 2013
Ist week of May: Advertisement of the project through social media and other networking sites.
2nd week of May: Identification and Registration of eligible youth
3rd week of May: Scrutiny of identified youth.
4th Week of May : First training of 3 days of twenty participants.
June 1st week: Second training of the 20 participants.
June 2nd Week: compilation of raw data produce by the participants during the training.
June 3rd week: uploading and shared the best work of the participants through social media i.e facebook and flicker.
June 4th Week: First joint meeting of all trained youth and establishment of network.
July 1st Week: Submission of final report.
Detail a specific budget of up to $4,000 USD for operating costs.
2 Training of 3 days Each:
Refreshment & Meals: @ $8 per person x20 participants x 3 days x2 training: $ 960
Transportation of the participants : 6 per person x 20 participants x 3 days x 2 training: $ 720
Training Venue Cost: 51 per day x 6days: $ 306
Honoraria for the Lead Trainer : 100×6 days: $ 600
Honoraria for the assistant trainer: 70 x6 days : $ 420
Coordination , monitoring and reporting writing: $ 900
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising voice can provide Technical support, can share the best practices information on possible linkages projects similar to this one. Rising Voices can also provide marketing services of the project on their website and social networking sites.
URDO-United Rural Development Organization