Description

Flora confidently answers a question in class at the Mpatsa Primary School in Tengani, Malawi. In her community, there are many barriers to girls completing their primary education, including forced child marriage and other domestic pressures. But Flora is participating in the EQUAPEG Project (shorthand for Promoting Equal Access to Quality Primary Education for Girls and Most Vulnerable), implemented by Concern Worldwide. Along with many other vulnerable girls in Nsanje District, she is consequently receiving a very positive schooling experience.

Among the 25 schools in which the scheme has been rolled out, Flora’s school has been celebrated as a ‘model’ school due to the success of its teachers in putting new teaching skills into action. To achieve EQUAPEG’s aim of improving literacy levels among its participant schools, the Malawi Institute of Education has trained teachers in participatory literacy teaching methods over the three-year project span. The programme places a strong emphasis on the need for girls to feel safe at school. To this end, teachers are encouraged to make lessons fun and inclusive, and to resolve any issues girls might encounter early on. Painting classrooms with vibrant colours and drawing learning materials onto the walls have also contributed to the creation of attractive, ‘happy’ environments for the children.

Concern Worldwide commissioned Robin to document EQUAPEG’s impact through the medium of visual storytelling. He produced a colourful eight-page image-led testimony to showcase its achievements, competently covering the design and layout himself. Documenting such initiatives visually lends credibility to organisations’ reports, bringing them to life for their donors. Visual stories also demonstrate the transformations that are happening on an individual level, driving home the human-centred value of non-profits’ hard work in a powerful way.

Details

Title
Creating happy classrooms

Themes
Education, children, gender

Client
Concern Worldwide

Location
Tengani, Nsanje District, Malawi

Camera settings
200mm, ISO 10000, 1/125, f/2.8

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