The Voices

Our aim is to gather ‘voices’ – opinions from young people.

The key reason for this journey is to listen to the Voices of young people telling us why they think that globally HIV/AIDS continues to devestate lives.  The project will create a vibrant and relevant oral history project in this virtual space, taking in the wide range of cultural perspectives and experiences along the route.

We will ask young people to provide a one minute creative response (Voices). The voices could take any form; muscial, dance, performance poetry, thoughts, stories, pre-created videos, etc.  The Voices will be filmed and uploaded on the project website as it travels from country to country.  One of the team, Catherine is a teacher with a PGCE, an MA in Education, Gender and International Development, and an MA in Performing Arts and would be happy to run a workshop or session with young people to frame the creation of the Voices.

We would really love to connect with schools / projects along our journey to talk to the young voices of the future to find out their opinions! – if you would be interested in being part of this exciting global project then please contact us so we can discuss

Note on methodology.

The project has two clear strands; structured school sessions and unstructured impromptu conversations.  The nature of the advocacy work is therefore organic and evolving.  The tensions within this approach are significant; a) the project has been restricted thus far by term date parameters b) access can easily be gained to International schools but local schools are far more prohibitive – this provides a biased perspective c) data recording on film is not always possible.

We are working to develop both strands of the project and to allow the qualitative nature of the findings to sit unhampered. We have provided perspective sample Voices in film (these may be one / two Voices representing the conclusions of a wider group discussion) and a written report on each country that gives further examples of comments made in more informal settings.

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