Jean Stuart, Naydene De Lange, Relebohile Moletsane, Thabisile Buthelezi, Rob Pattman, and Claudia Mitchell. Youth as Knowledge Producers draws together, in a unique way, 3 key groups in relation to addressing HIV and AIDS: a cohort of young people preparing to become teachers; a cohort of rural teachers in several rural secondary schools, and a group of secondary school learners. This year the beginning teachers participated in 5 arts-based workshops to learn participatory methodologies that will be used in the development of a Youth, the creative arts and HIV and AIDS toolkit. Individual interviews on workshops were conducted by Kaja Fjell Jorgensen. The workshops included: (1) Teachers as Resources: Participatory Processes, April 18, 2007. This workshop explored a range of participatory methodologies, including one-on-one interviews, group discussions and short writing/drawing exercises. The workshop was facilitated by Rob Pattman, a lecturer in the Dept of Sociology at UKZN, who has considerable experience with regard to gender, sexuality, identities and HIV and AIDS in education through his work on participatory workshops for UNICEF. 2) Photovoice and Collage, April 25, 2007. The second workshop introduced the processes of photovoice and multimedia collage, and the students collaborated to create a dynamic series of posters. Collages created by: Youth As Knowledge Producers Jean Stuart, Head of Media, SLLMDE, UKZN facilitated the workshop. Jean is a lecturer at UKZN and Director of the Centre for Visual Methodologies, and has done extensive work with visual methodologies in relation to HIV and AIDS. (3) Video making workshop, May 2, 2007.
In this workshop the students were shown how to operate video cameras and create basic videos. They then worked in groups to write, act, and film short videos about HIV and AIDS. This workshop was facilitated by Shannon Walsh, Centre for Civil Societies, UKZN; Faculty of Education, McGill University. Shannon is a filmmaker, researcher and social activist currently working toward her Ph.D. in education and anthropology at McGill University. (4) Forum and Image Theatre, May 9, 2007.
This workshop explored how drama and role-playing can be used as an interactive process for addressing social issues, with a focus on HIV and AIDS. Emma Durden and Seloane Mokuku co-facilitated the workshop. Emma completed a BA in Drama before working professionally as an actress and later a facilitator using drama methodologies for issue-based education with DramAidE and a range of other organisations. She later joined the HIV and AIDS unit at the University of Cape Town, and is a partner in the PST Project, which specialises in theatre for social issues. Selloane Mokuku worked as a temporary lecturer in Drama at University of Lesotho, and for UNICEF Lesotho on various projects on edutainment in HIV and AIDS, and child domestic workers. She is a playwright and a regular current affairs newspaper columnist. (5) Hip Hop, May 16, 2007.
This workshop explored ways hip-hop and other musical genres can be used to address social issues. The students took part in a drumming circle, and then created and performed songs with a focus on HIV and AIDS. The workshop was facilitated by Ronella Laidlaw and Nella de Waal, both teachers in the School of Social Science, Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu Natal. Nella de Waal obtained her Masters Degree in Music at the University of Durban-Westville, and is solo pianist, accompanist and performer. She has a passion for people and the Arts, as a power tool to enhance learning and to build better human beings. Ronel Laidlaw obtained her Masters Degree in Music, and is an accomplished vocalist. Her passion lies in school choirs and she has competed internationally. She is actively involved in promoting Music and the Arts on campus, and creates a platform for students to excel. (6) Putting it all Together, August 25, 2007.
This full day workshop brought together all the beginning teachers and the entire research team to look at ways of drawing together the lessons learned from the arts-based workshops for use in schools in communities. What are some of the barriers to implementation? What are some of the possibilities for HIV and AIDS Education? The beginning teachers explored ways of trialing the various approaches in schools in Vulindlela in October, 2007. Jean Stuart, Rob Pattman and Claudia Mitchell facilitated the sessions.