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Europe in Social Focus

 

EUROPE FOR CITIZEN – ACTION 2 – MEASURE 3

SUPPORT FOR PROJECTS INITIATED BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS


Description of the NGO Social Alternative Institute

Social Alternative Institute was founded in February 2004. Founders and members of the Social Alternative Institute are experienced researchers who have expertise for a long time in implementation of social researches on local and international level, as well as specialists in organization of educational and social projects. Over a period of its activity the Social Alternative Institute has implemented many social research projects based on the members’ professional experience and organized many seminars in co-operation with partners from Latvia and abroad. The recommendations elaborated during research processes were introduced to the local and national policy makers.

Project Summary

The aim of the project is by using social documentary photography as a tool to reflect different sides of social and intercultural situation, including social exclusion problems and social success stories, in all partner countries, and search for common models of facilitating social inclusion and intercultural dialogue.

The Project will bring together participants of different age from 10 EU countries with different experience in social documentary photography with the aim to exchange experience and with strong interest to learn more about social documentary photography as well as its use reflecting society and its developments. The participants during the seminar through different formal and non-formal learning activities will learn how to use social documentary photography as a method in reflect their view on social and cultural situation and how they are influenced by local identity, and possibilities to promote social inclusion by building the sense of belonging to Europe.

DATES

1st (arrival day - the Seminar will start on afternoon) to 6th May (departure is planned on the afternoon/evening 2013

Project activities:

In the frame of the project two events will be organized: the Seminar and the Photo shooting.

To achieve the project goals the following activities were implemented:

  • In the preparation phase planning of all project activities in cooperation with all project partners, all involved organizations and experts (meetings in presence and on-line);
  • Creation and maintenance of the webpage in cooperation with all project partners with the aim to raise visibility of the project's activities not only in local societies of the project partners, but in all European Union countries and non European Union countries. Information about the project and its activities as well as the photos were placed on the webpage;
  • Organization of the seminar on acquiring new knowledge and skills, as well as experience exchange on using social documentary photography as a tool for reflecting life of different social groups and their life in different EU countries. The participants during the seminar through different formal and non-formal learning activities have learned how to use social documentary photography as a method in reflecting their view on social and cultural situation and how they are influenced by local identity and possibilities to promote social inclusion by building the sense of belonging to Europe. The Seminar included such activities:
  • - Theoretical knowledge/background on use of social documentary photography in reflecting social and cultural situation;
  • - Discussions how to use learned theoretical knowledge on social documentary photography in promoting social inclusion and cultural integration;
  • - Practical experience exchange on social documentary photography;
  • - Future cooperation development;
  • Social documentary photo shooting: during preparation of the photo shooting the project manager together with the experts from the photo schools and the photo NGOs has developed a list of different places presenting different groups of society, including people with social problems (different social centres, socially problematic places etc.) as well as for well-balanced view on society a range of social "success stories" were proposed. The power of photos was used for promotion of political and social change in social situation not only in the participating countries, but also in the other European Union and non European Union countries, that was realized by social documentary photo shooting and presenting the results of these activities in the project's webpage and in the photo exhibitions in all partner countries;
  • Selection of the photos: 20 photos of each participant were selected to show variety of social and intercultural situation of Latvia with social and intercultural problems and social and intercultural dialogue success stories;
  • Preparation for the photo exhibition: After the collection of the photos from all project's participants, photos were evaluated and selected for the photo exhibition by the applicant organisation, involving experts. Selected photos with their titles were printed and sent for the photo exhibition to all the partner organisations. Leaflets about the project and posters in English and languages of the partner countries were prepared, designed, printed and send to the partner organisations for the photo exhibition and other PR activities.
  • Photo exhibition: The photo exhibition consisted of 100 photos: the best pictures of each participant made in the time of the photo shooting in Latvia. Exhibition was/will be presented in all the partner countries with free admission for all visitors. After the end of the exhibition photos were/will be gifted to the local municipalities or social institutions for placing them in one of the socially important objects.
  • Evaluation of the implemented activities. Partner organizations after the project can use acquired knowledge, skills and experience for developing ideas for future cooperation in joint projects including framework of Europe for Citizens Programme in that way strengthening action, debate and reflection on European citizenship and democracy, shared values, common history and culture through cooperation within civil society organisations at European level with aim to improve social situation in the EU countries.

The project activities fostered debate and active participation of the project's participants with different experience and of different age, as well as civil society to develop a sense of European identity, as well as reflect European citizenship and democracy, based on common values, history and culture as well as mobilizing the activity of civil society for reducing social exclusion in the European Union through the photo exhibition organised in cooperation of organisations from different European Union countries. As participants of the project were of different age that ensured not only promotion of participation of elderly people in voluntary activities and active aging, but also fostered intergenerational solidarity and cooperation, as well as possibility to learn from each other.

Project activities contributed to intercultural dialogue and led to mutual understanding of different nationalities by respecting and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity not only among participants but also in the civil society as the information and the project's results were spread in the communities of the participating countries and also on the project's webpage.

 

Participants: photographers from 10 different countries of EU (2-4 participants of each country).

The Seminar ”Social photography” 3 days will include such activities:

  • Theoretical knowledge/background on use of social documentary photography in reflecting social and cultural situation;
  • Discussions how to use learned theoretical knowledge about social documentary photography in promoting social inclusion and cultural integration;
  • Practical experience exchange on social documentary photography;
  • Future cooperation development.

The main topic of the activities will be reflecting different sides of social exclusion problems in every partner country and looking for common models of solution this problem.

After the Seminar participating photographers in small groups will visit social events, different parts of the city, meet and talk with people. They will get in focus of those cameras different aspects life, problems and things which have Latvia’s inhabitants. They are “catching the life” and creating own portrait of Latvia’s social life.

Organisations: Biedrība Gaismas stars, Rīgas patversme, Resursu centrs sievietēm Marta, Latvijas neredzīgo biedrība, mazturīgo atbalsta biedrība DACE, Krīzes centrs Mīlgrāvis

After the Seminar and photo shooting, evaluation of photos and selection for photo exhibition will be done, as well as processing of photos and preparation for the exhibition.

Result of this project is exhibition of the best pictures for each partner country. Exhibition will be organized in all countries, in one of most socially important place with free entrance and access for visitors. Duration of exhibitions is up to 1 month.

After the exhibitions works will be gifted to local municipalities and placed for constant location in one of municipality objects (library, town hall or other).

Copyright (c) Social Alternative Institute, 2013
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