August 31, 2013

Student's Images of Social Change Showcased and Celebrated

After successful completion of the iEARN Photojournalism 2.0 program from August 2012 to September 2013, iEARN hosted local exhibitions in Pakistan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh where photos from young aspiring journalists were showcased. The images focused on the topic of social change. Images from Pakistan Tajikistan and Bangladesh were shared with each other to increase awareness and understanding between countries, foster people-to-people ties in the South and Central Asia region, and encourage dialogue on social change.

The event also celebrated the educators who undertook rigourous training in photojournalism so they can equip their students with modern communications, job skills and knowledge to enhance employability and make positive contributions to their community.

Each exhibition concluded with a ceremony where participants received certificates of completion. 

To see images from each local exhibition, please see below slideshows, and check out the 86-page culminating Images of Social Change Photobook.

Pakistan

Bangladesh

Tajikistan

 

August 28, 2013

Building Bridges through Photojournalism

Photos from young aspiring journalists from Pakistan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh are being showcased as part of a four day photo-journalism workshop in Karachi, Pakistan.  Their work focuses on the topic of social change, and was opened for exhibition on August 28th by Kimberly Strollo, Cultural Affairs Officer of U.S. Consulate General Karachi. After successful completion of the iEARN Photojournalism 2.0 program from August 2012 to September 2013, iEARN-Pakistan is hosting a PJ2.0 Regional Workshop and Exhibition from August 27, 2013 for teachers and students from the participating countries.

Talking on the inauguration of photo gallery Kimberly Strollo, Cultural Affairs Officer of U.S. Consulate General said that “photo-journalism is more than just taking a few pictures, in today’s world of social media it is even more critical. She further added that visual messages have power to educate, entertain and persuade. She told to young photo journalists that “your work can move people to care and take action on issues of importance to society.”
The PJ 2.0 Regional Workshop and Exhibition includes training workshop on photojournalism sessions and exhibition with a formal opening and exhibit on August 28th. Teachers and students who are part of PJ 2.0 program will participate in the event.

The program includes program introduction and inaugural of PJ 2.0 photo exhibition, followed by country presentations by teachers and students. At the end, the participants will be given certificate of completion for the program. Later half of the program includes session on ‘Advanced Techniques of Photojournalism and Photography’, focusing mainly on ‘Light’ and ‘Digital Photostory’ sessions.

‘Photojournalism 2.0: Images of Social Change’, is a project in collaboration with iEARN Programs in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and iEARN-USA, funded by US Department of State-Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

See more photos on the iEARN-Pakistan Facebook Page.  Twitter hashtag for the program: #iearnpj

July 13, 2013

Images of Social Change

Educators participating in the Department of State funded Photojournalism 2.0 project (PJ2.0), integrated photojournalism training into school curricula throughout Bangladesh, Pakistan and Tajikistan. This month over 300 students received photojournaslim training through core classes or after school clubs. Educators utlized training they obtained through the PJ2.0 Face-to-Face training, online course and resource handbook, to increase students knowledge in this critical digital storytelling skill. Through the month, students were encouraged to take images and create photo stories on various themes of social change. 

To view examples of students' work, please view below slideshow:

The Photojournalism Program (PJ2.0) is made possible through funding from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

May 31, 2013

Students Practice Photojournalism, Document School Life

Upon completing their photojournalism training through the PJ2.0 projects, educators began integrating photojournalism lessons into school classrooms and after school activities. This month, 300+ students received training on photojournalism and 21st century media skills. To practice this new form of storytelling, students in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Tajikistan documented their school life. To view photo stories and images from their photo walks, please see below. Students will continue honing their photojournalism skills throughout the semester by capturing images of social change.

The Photojournalism Program (PJ2.0) is made possible through funding from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Photo's from Bangaldesh:

Photo stories from Tajikistan:

 

May 1, 2013

Photojournalism Trianing for 300+ Students in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Tajikistan

Through the Photojournalism 2.0 project, iEARN successfully trained 82 educators and over 300 students across Bangladesh, Pakistan and Tajikistan in photojournaslim.

On April 25th, 82 educators from three participating countries completed a 5-week online course, which reviewed key information on journalism and photojournalism. The course also introduced educators to the pedagogy of global project-based learned and helped them align collaborative projects with their school curricula and standards. Each week, teachers from all three countries built lasting partnerships, shared photojournalism projects, and built collaborative projects. 

"PJ2.0 met my expectations as it gave me a great amount of knowledge and skills about photojournalism; specifically to be used for social change” – Seem Zahid, Pakistani educator

As a result of the workshop, educators integrated photojournalism curricula into their classes and afterschool activities. Over 300 students from 20 schools across Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tajikistan learned how to document and tell stories through images. 

“Now I am able to think of myself as a skilled teacher, a photographer, and also a member of an international forum” – Md. Shain Ahmed, Bangladeshi educator

The Photojournalism Program (PJ2.0) is made possible through funding from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.