South Africa Training – Week One

We came together from Ethiopia and Canada on August 11 with equal measure expectation and hope that our time in South Africa would be a rich learning experience focusing on gender and equity in the context of agriculture. Making the Centre of Visuimage4al Methodologies at the Edgewood Campus of University of KwaZulu-Natal our home away from home for the majority of our time in South Africa, we settled in. We have been supported by fantastic colleagues like Dr. Joyce Chitja from University of KwaZulu-Natal who worked with us on the relationship between gender and agriculture. We then moved over to the Durban University of Technology hosted by Dr. Crispin Hemson where Dr. Naydene de Laimage2nge from the Nelson Mandela Memorial University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth and Dr. Relebohile Moletsane from the University of KwaZulu-Natal dedicated themselves to a two day workshop on the use of participatory digital methods (photo voice and cellphilm). After four intense days of thought provoking discussion and participation, we set ourselves up to focus on gender, equity and leadership.