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USANII LAB is a collective of young creatives from the eastlands of Nairobi. It was started in January 2013 as a communication design course. Within different workshops we gain design skills and practise graphic design computer programs. It‘s all about experimenting with different fields of arts and design and having fun to design our environment.
Dear Owaa, we would love to get some feedback from you about our project idea and it would be great to work with you in the future as well. We are planning to do media-, arts- and design-workshops in the Kakuma refugee camp. https://openideo.com/challenge/refugee-education/refinement/youth-empowerment-through-design-workshops-in-the-kakuma-refugee-camp
Hi Bettina, thanks so much for your questions, ideas and links! Vestine mentioned the holidays as well, and we definitely think it is a great idea to have the 2 weeks workshop phase (phase 2) and the festival (phase 3) during the school holidays. For the two months training (phase 1) we would like to focus on youth who don't have the possibility to go to school, have dropped out or graduated already. About the selection and mobilization of youth for the workshops we would like to get the support of local organizations who are based in the Kakuma refugee camp like LWF. We will try to have a mixed group, different nationalities, gender equality and different ages. We made great experiences with the support from other organizations for Usanii Lab in Nairobi. Several of our team members are also members of other organizations like Shootback and Mwelu Foundation, both photography and Film projects. This is why we work with photography and film making as well, the Usanii Lab team has several young experienced experts in these fields. We also already know that residents in Kakuma were keen on learning how to handle a camera. But we also want to go a step further, not just learning photography and film making, but also what you can do with your photos and videos. Like how you organize an exhibition, how you take pictures for a magazine and how you even design it yourself. Our goal is that young people learn to know how to produce something from scratch. The first day you might have hold a camera in your hand for the very first time. And after two months you got an idea how to shoot a film, how to edit it and how to upload it on youtube or screen it on the festival you organized yourself. You might not be the greatest expert yet, but you got an idea how it works. We will also try to show ways how you can find information to go on with learning and teaching yourself within your team or where to find information in the internet or simply keep in contact with your workshop conductors via the internet. Furthermore we don’t only focus on photography and film, but also on other fields of art and design. This can be how you use your talent to draw to become an illustrator (e.g. you can design a t-shirt print) or your talent to tell a story for being a presenter in a video or during the festival. Thanks so much for the links! We didn’t know this organization, yet. These are links to Shootback and Mwelu foundation the photography and film projects mentioned above. http://www.shootbackproject.org/about/ http://www.mwelu.org/