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Making Soweto stories: photovoice meets the New Literacy Studies

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Adult literacy is a crucial element of community and economic development in South Africa and many developing countries striving to meet Millennium Development Goals. However, few governments invest the recommended 6% of education budgets on programmes for adults. Without resources, volunteer educators and international supporters rely on their own creativity to generate project-based learning. Freirian pedagogy and the New Literacy Studies, which theorizes literacy practices grounded in the meaning of daily life, inform this study. This article documents a photovoice project for literacy development in Soweto, South Africa. The project was an initiative stemming from international and cross-cultural collaboration between two women, Geraldine Monama, the literacy coordinator at Orlando East library in Soweto, and Strawn, a community development and adult literacy researcher from the United States. We report what we learned from the project and details of the collaborative process to support similar efforts.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: International Society for Technology in Education, Oregon, United States;Orlando East Public LibraryJohannesburg, South Africa 2: Orlando East Public LibraryJohannesburg, South Africa

Publication date: 2012-10-01

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