Photo Contests

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Our 2017 photo competition asked for photographers to submit photos that clearly represented Target 4.7 as the theme through activities inside and outside the classroom, and that capture the humanistic, social and moral purpose of education under any of the following sub-themes:

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The top submission came from Domyson Dulay Abuan’s photo, entitled the ‘Lens of Sustainable Education’.

The photo is taken of a Grade 6 student from an Elementary School in Laguna, Philippines, who has made recycled materials to make a make-shift camera. The photographer, Domyson Dulay Abuan explains that the students are learning ICT skills, which are “relevant to present and future times. Their access to ICT tools and its uses will serve as their portal towards globalization. It is also the window that would show them the relevant issues faced by their community and the world. This will enable them to formulate solutions and bring in positive change, not just for themselves but for future generations as well.”

The second winning photographer was submitted by Ysabel Victoriano, with her photo, ‘My first bike ride’.

The photo shows a wooden scooter from Banaue, Ifugao in the Philippines. “Years ago the bike was used to deliver crops from the mountain, but today it is used as a form of enjoyment that children share with their parents – passing on a culture from one generation to the next”.

The third winner is Rahul Saha with his image of ‘Solar Power’.

Nicely framed, the photo shows a child enjoying speaking over a cell phone at a brick field in a remote village of Birbhum in West Bengal, India. The cell phone is charged through a newly distributed solar panel as there is no conventional electricity in the community.  This photo reflects the importance of education for sustainable lifestyles, and also shows two people of different ages together, representing the importance of non-formal education and lifelong learning in bringing about real change.

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Photographers were asked to submit images that illustrated ideas linked to youth, education, literacy, skills and/or the world of work among members of their community over the past fifteen years (2000 – 2015) with attention to either: - The status quo of EFA goals 3 and 4, showing what youth and adult literacy or youth skills were like in their country or region. Telling a positive or negative story depending on the situation in their community.

- The passage of time: what was youth education like in 2000 compared to 2015. How the photo illustrated it had improved/got worse. Illiteracy to literacy, unskilled to skilled, unemployed to employed etc.

The top submission came from Rachel Maria Parish

Taken at St Francis Rehabilitation Centre in Malindi, Kilifi County in Kenya. The children all suffer from severe disabilities and spend 10 months of the year at the Centre. The image shows a 15 year old who has severe cerebral palsy, he is unable to speak or write however understands English, German and Italian perfectly and his level of maths and literacy is only just below his 15 year old peers. The photo was taken just after he received his exam results. He didn't stop smiling all day and kept the paper in his wheelchair to show all his family.