Staff in the School of International Development are continuously engaging in community activities locally, nationally and internationally. A couple of recent examples include:
Local community engagement
Martin Scott has developed a collaboration with Future Radio, an OfCom licensed Community Radio Station which is part of 'Future', a community-based education, training and social inclusion project working in the most deprived areas of Norwich. Students on the post-graduate ‘Media and Development in Practice' module work with station staff and volunteers to produce an audience survey, a plan for sustainability and a tool kit to develop new approaches to content. The scheme has been a great success and the collaboration will continue to be a central feature of this practice-based module. Students from the course are also involved in a Development Education Centre, Norfolk Education and Action for Development.
Dealing with social issues through public performances
Research led by Colette Harris in Nigeria and Uganda looks at the delivery of community education programmes, based on the results of previous research into gender identities and violence in communities. In Kaduna, Nigeria, one of the most successful ways of achieving this transformative learning was through public performance of dramas. Over a period of several months, youth groups developed and then performed dramas in their own communities which dealt with some of the most crucial social issues identified by them as affecting their society.