Travelling exhibition on urban slums' resilience to climate change
To build the capacity of urban slum communities to identify and articulate their needs.
Elders, youth and representatives from civil society participate in a dialogue session.
Pupils, elders, teachers and community leaders interact with each other. As people discuss and share what they saw and heard, they shared their experiences whilst interacting with the objects. The conversation provided opportunities to reinforce and develop an understanding about peace. This kind of learning is rooted in socially-mediated process.
Members of the community participate in a dialogue session.Men, women, local administrators and security officers are in attendance. The meeting offered a potential road map on how to address challenges confronting the area.
This is in Pokot, Kenya. Two warring communities have come together to view the exhibition. Slowly, the participants started to open up and contribute to the shared dialogue. A sense of identity and worth was created that dispelled their fears as they realized how different communities have much in common. The power of the images helped them to reconnect with their roots and overcome their sense of isolation, allowing a sense of pride and purpose to emerge.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Problem I would like to solve: -
- Lack of knowledge about climate change (i.e. ability to make connections between climate change and its challenges).
- Lack of opportunity & freedom to identify and articulate their needs.
- Limited opportunities for women and youth to become leaders in climate change.
- Difficulties for climate change actors in urban slums to develop a common identity and cohesion on climate change.
- The moribund nature of many climate change actors who are over academic and divorced from their communities.
Travelling exhibition: How it work
- A lightweight portable panels on stories of resilience to climate change will be collaboratively designed by urban slum communities, actors and volunteers. Working collaboratively will act as a capacity building tool, create a community of practitioners, deepen professional respect and working trust and strengthen their identities and cohesion.
- The exhibition will be organic in nature and will travel from one slum to another. As it visits different slums it will acquire new layers of voice, knowledge and experience. Women and youth will be invited to contribute to the exhibition.
- The exhibition will make participants imagine their own situations and will be called upon to think of projects, structures and modes of communication to help them cope with such challenges just in case it happens to them.
- Active engagement and dialogue will be the core of this project.
- School children between the ages of 6-16 - their voices, experiences and contribution will be incorporated.
- Women and youth in urban slums- their voices, experiences and contribution will be incorporated.
- Climate change actors in urban slums - strengthen their networks, identities and cohesion.
- Government representatives, civil society organizations and community leaders - strengthen collaboration and networking
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
- The exhibition will be a flexible tool able to stand in small villages in the urban slums, outdoor locations (for example footpaths, parking yards, dumping sites, charcoal selling booths) as well as in community spaces.
- Travelling exhibition is economical &will reach large audiences which cannot be reached through publications.
- The exhibition will have a strong bottom-up approach to climate change. It will focus on urban slum families, communities and their basic lifestyles (e.g. mode of transport, types of fuels they use in their homes, waste disposal) and how these affects climate change. The exhibition will therefore aid in making connections between climate change and their basic lifestyles.
How the idea will take into account other challenges
- As the exhibition travels from one slum to another, all relevant actors will be invited to sit down together and discuss. This will help develop a common identity and cohesion among urban slum communities, governments & actors on climate change.
- The exhibition will make participants imagine their own situations and will be inspired to think of projects, structures and mode of communication to help them cope with such challenges.
- Dialogue sessions will provide opportunities for freedom of expression of opinions that will enable difficult subjects to be discussed thus promoting more awareness on climate change.
- Dialogue sessions will also foster listening, empathy and understanding of multiple perspectives and experiences with a clear purpose of finding a solution to challenges of climate change.
Yes, for two or more years
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I teach peace studies at Tangaza University College. I am also the Coordinator, Community Peace Museums Foundation (CPMHF).