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Insight: Children’s perspectives of literacy in northern Ghana
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until 3 June, 2016
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until 4 June, 2016
presented by Brendan Rigby
24 May – 4 June 2016
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
This exhibition challenges viewers to think differently about what literacy means, how it is used, and what we know about it.
There are an estimated 58 million children around the world who are out of school. These children and their families are usually thought of as poor, uneducated, and non-literate. This exhibition challenges viewers to think differently about what literacy means, how it is used, and what we know about it.
It presents a small selection of over 4,000 photographs taken by 10 out of school children from two rural communities in northern Ghana. The children are between the ages of 8-12 years, with five girls and five boys participating. At the time, they were also attending a semi-formal literacy and numeracy program that aimed to transition into the formal school system after nine months. Despite this enrolment, they were still considered “out of school”.
These children participated in doctoral research undertaken by Brendan Rigby, at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. This exhibition is part of his research dissemination efforts, using the photographs as a way to not only communicate the data, but to involve a broader audience in its analysis, interpretation, and viewing.
Photography and photographs can go beyond contexts, rematerialising digitally and physically around the world. However, in academic research, photographs rarely find their way beyond research articles and books. By recontextualising a sample of the children’s photographs, this exhibition invites the viewer to think differently about what it means to be out of school, and the extraordinary capabilities and literacies of young children around the world.
Brendan Rigby is an international education specialist and researcher, currently completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. He co-founded WhyDev, an Australian non-profit dedicated to getting international development right. Brendan’s research focuses on the use of participatory visual methods, namely photography, to document and explore out of school children’s literacy practices.
He has worked for UNICEF Ghana, StartSomeGood, and Macquarie University and has also been an education consultant for Plan International, Engineers Without Borders Australia, and UNICEF.