2017 is an exciting year for us, as the #ChangingTheStory team at the University of Leeds are building on their collaboration with the Bishop Simeon Trust and Themba Interactive. This year we will be working with more of the Community-Based Organisations that Themba are involved with, to create more short films about the challenges that youths in these communities face. More specifically, we are now working with the developing Youth Committees in these CBOs to create films and other resources. They will then be able to use these resources to generate awareness about these issues, and use them as tools for advocacy. Ultimately giving them the power to Change The Story.
As we are now developing the #ChangingTheStory project further, we are also welcoming a new project partner, the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. With them, we will be working with the Youth Committees to contemplate deeper, the importance of Human Rights. In doing so, we will examine the issue of xenophobia and also create films that generate awareness on this particular issue which has been developing in South Africa. This stage of our project will kick off at the start of April, when the JHGC will be hosting a week-long workshop for the Youth Committee leaders. So watch this space to see what kinds of resources our talented youths create!
In the mean time, we are working with the Youth Committees to build their leadership skills and engage with a wide range of issues that are prevalent in their communities. So we will be posting weekly updates on what we’ve been up to -please keep posted and help us to share the #ChangingTheStory message!