“Literacy via Photography” – Youth Skill building program

By : Rajesh Goyal ( Director )

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“Photography is a uniquely accessible medium that empowers and provides opportunities for Youth to share their stories with the world” says Mr. Rajesh Goyal, Managing Trustee , IIP Foundation

IIP Foundation conducted a photography workshop in association with Confederation of Community Based Organizations of India(CCBOS), and Gandhi Samriti and Darshan Samiti, during YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR CONSTRUCTIVE WORK AND PRE CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAM on 18th and 19th January 2015, at Mahamasund, Chhatisgarh.

The main objective of this Photography workshop was to teach the Youth the tangible skills of a Photographer, expose them to new means of expression, and empower them to impact their lives and environment.

Photography as a skill would help the local youth explore their community and document their surroundings,” thus helping them to build their identity. Photography empowers the Youth to not only document problems such as crumbling infrastructures, failed policies, and racial division, but also to portray the good work done by administration and community service agencies.

The workshop mentor Mr. Rajesh Goyal made a very valid point that learning photography provides the Youth with a rare blend of artistic and technical skills, while opening up a new avenue for self-expression and Economic independence.

This Photography workshop will
  • Address the problem of an epidemic of teen loitering
  • Help Youth build skills that give them the confidence and self-worth to challenge barriers to a positive life
  • Give Youth the chance to tell their story through the lens of a camera
  • Empower Youth to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives and become financially independent

In recent years, the Indian economy has witnessed a phenomenal growth but this growth has not translated into additional jobs in the organized sector. Skill training is crucial to enable people earning a decent livelihood, whether through wage or self-employment.

We at IIP Foundation sincerely hope that through photography our Youth find their voice, identity, creativity, and gain new confidence in their worth and abilities.

About IIP Foundation

IIP Foundation is a well-established non-profit organization that acts as a community resource for photography education. We run skill enhancement programs for Youth that use photography to enhance their overall academics and life experience.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016