Cameras For Communication (C4C)
(First two photos here are from Mercy Isaacs illustrating formal and informal photographs. Mercy is a Dadamac Learner)
John Dada would like all Fantsuam Foundation staff/volunteers to be able to use cameras well, in order to record what happens at FF, and to communicate effectively within the organisation and to outsiders, especially to report to donors and funding agencies
Many people who are not comfortable writing reports can share information much more easily by using a camera. This is particularly true in rural Nigeria - an area with high levels of illiteracy, a culture of oral communication rather than written communication, where English is an additional language for most people, and not the language of choice.
Cameras for Communication (C4C) module 1 is an introduction to using cameras for taking photos. In rural Nigeria this training is not just a matter of learning to use a camera, it is also a matter of learning to look at photos and recognise the difference between a good photographic image and a poor one. It is hard to "develop the eye of a photographer" in an area where even in schools there are hardly any books and posters and where locally available printed materials are generally of poor quality
Kazanka Comfort (Fantsuam Foundation general secretary) wants the field officers to record interviews with micro-finance clients, as a method of accurate reporting. The field officers visit clients once a month, cover a large geographic area, and could bring back useful information if they had the skills to do so.
This could be the next module for C4C
Ricardo, who is writing the course in the UK, has never been to Africa, and is not intending to go, but he loves to share his knowledge. That is possible through Dadamac and our use of the Internet. He is learning from the team in Nigeria what is, and is not, possible in their situation, and adapts his course materials in response to what he learns.
Within Dadamac we are interested in helping people to share knowledge in new ways, and welcome additional people to our team who are ready to learn as well as teach.
Using Cameras to Document First Aid
Photos by Jibrin Perry and Yakubu, illustrating how a series of photos can be used for training in a practical skill such as first aid. Jibrin Perry and Yakubu are both Dadamac Learners
Filming an Interview
Photos from Kelechi Micheals.
This development of C4C is unfunded. It is a Dadamac Open Knowledge project, where we all contribute what we know in order to create something tangible.