Refugees say it with pho­tos

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

A group of 17 Bishop Viard Col­lege stu­dents from refugee back­grounds have part­nered with Vic­to­ria Univer­sity stu­dents on a project show­cas­ing their dreams and iden­ti­ties.

The ‘‘ Our Dreams, Goals, Iden­ti­ties’’ pho­tovoice project was a part­ner­ship be­tween stu­dents from Colom­bian and Burmese refugee back­grounds and post­grad­u­ate stu­dents in hu­man ge­og­ra­phy and de­vel­op­ment stud­ies at the univer­sity.

It was pre­sented to fam­ily and friends on June 20.

Colom­bian refugee and year 12 stu­dent Danilo Ro­driguez Royes used his dream of be­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher to take part in the project. His pic­ture was of his broth­ers.

‘‘My fam­ily are most im­por­tant in my life and I love them,’’ he said.

He came to New Zealand a year ago with his broth­ers and fa­ther.

Burmese refugee and year 12 stu­dent John Hlawn Ching took a photo of the school for his part in the project. He said he took it be­cause of all the school had done for him.

He dreams of be­ing an in­ter­na­tional foot­ball player and said the school sup­ported him in that.

‘‘Ed­u­ca­tion [is] im­por­tant and not many people [in Burma] have the op­por­tu­nity to study.

‘‘The school has helped us through a lot,’’ he said.

Through the project, the stu­dents were in­volved in weekly re­search ac­tiv­i­ties. They learnt about pho­tog­ra­phy, an­a­lysed their im­ages, wrote cap­tions and pro­duced a pow­erpoint pre­sen­ta­tion.

Viard head of learn­ing and in­ter­na­tional sup­port Lois Burns said it was the first year the school had been in­volved in any­thing like the project.

‘‘It has been won­der­ful for the stu­dents to share some of their hopes and dreams,’’ she said.

Pho­tovoice is a process that pro­motes re­search jus­tice and so­cial change by en­cour­ag­ing people to voice their ex­pe­ri­ences vis­ually.

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