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EYE SEE VI Workshop in Ethiopia-Bulletin report with the approach of Universal Children's Day (Nov. 20)

November,18 2010

The EYE SEE -Children's digital photography project- workshop was held in the city of Awassa, Ethiopia from October 31 (Sunday) to November 4 (Thursday), 2010.
Conducted jointly by UNICEF and Sony Corporation, the EYE SEE project gives children around the world the opportunity to take note of social issues in their community, and express and send out their own thoughts and views on them, through the medium of digital photography. In 2010, it marked its sixth year. This year's installment was held on the theme of children's rights, and particularly the right to receive an education.

For the workshop, special invitations were issued to five of the Youth Award winners of the Sony World Photography Award, in addition to 24 children from various parts of Ethiopia and local trainers. The workshop was facilitated by the renowned humanitarian photographer Reza, who also served as a judge for the Youth Award.
During the five-day workshop, the children learned not only about the techniques of photography beginning from the basics but also how to convey their thoughts and to portray the world as seen through their eyes with photos. They also took thousands of photos on the project sites related to the children's right to receive an education, which was the main theme of the workshop. The participants remembered the message from Reza on the first day -‘Open your eyes, and open your heart’. They interviewed the children who go to school but also work to support their family, women health workers, etc, and took powerful pictures that tell the stories. The five Youth Award winners expressed what they actually felt on their first visit to Ethiopia as seen through teenaged eyes with their photos and in their blogs.
Photos taken by the participants

Photos taken by the participants

©UNICEF/Ethiopia/Chy-Dean Shu

Photos taken by the participants

©UNICEF/Ethiopia/Seife Gezahegn


EYE SEE Workshop

EYE SEE Workshop

EYE SEE Workshop


EYE SEE Workshop

EYE SEE Workshop


Regarding the outcome of the workshop, Dr. Kerida McDonald, Chief of Communication for UNICEF Ethiopia had the following comment: “The children participating acquired not only new skills but a new vision and conviction to use their talent for development. This workshop represents an important first step in rolling out the strategy we have been developing for providing on-going media training at youth centers and school Mini-Media Clubs across the country. Now they will be able to tell their stories through photos.” Reza, who took part in the EYE SEE workshop for the first time as an instructor, had the following to say about its worth: “Photographs are tools for making the dreams of the new generation come true. I hope the children will continue to take photos.”

In addition to Ethiopia, the children's works are planned to be displayed in Europe, Japan, and other countries at photo exhibitions and other venues.
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