Molepolole Viewfinder Photography Exhibit with Peace Corps Volunteers

As Prepared For Delivery | July 23, 2015 | Molepolole

Thank you for inviting me to the Viewfinder Molepolole gallery and graduation. I would like to recognize the presence of the Paramount Chief, the District Commissioner of Kweneng East, the District AIDS Coordinator, the Country Director of Peace Corps Botswana, and of course, the new graduates of Viewfinder Molepolole.

While Peace Corps projects are always exciting, this new youth photography project initiated by Peace Corps volunteers Bettina Barillas, Mike Frank, and Maitham Basha-Agha particularly inspires me.

By empowering youth to discuss challenges in their communities, this project permits leaders to learn more about issues important to youth.

As a flexible tool that crosses cultural and linguistic barriers, photography plays an essential role encouraging frank, meaningful discussions. It is an accessible way to describe realities, communicate perspectives, and raise awareness of social and global issues. Its low cost and ease of dissemination encourages sharing and increases the potential to generate dialogue.

This photography training project also provides skills to youth by creating new opportunities for employment and learning. I am pleased to announce that one of our participants, Gofaone from Thamaga, was recently hired as a journalist for the Daily News after gaining photography skills from this program.

Through photography, youth in Molepolole have an opportunity to show community leaders and the world their worlds and work together to make Molepolole a better place for everyone.

Thank you to our Peace Corps trainers, community members gathered here today, and our talented and passionate youth photographers.