Literacy Through Photography is growing in popularity and use throughout Arusha, Tanzania. Over 300 teachers have attended LTP workshops. Many have begun implementing LTP in a wide variety of subjects and classrooms. In Raphael’s Form 2 science class, the students learned about tree classification with the help of a camera and our Duke Engage students. Kirstie Jeffrey and Nate Glencer caught up with two students from Ngarenaro Secondary School to discuss their experience and opinions of LTP in their standard science class.
Interviewer: Please explain the LTP project you did with your teacher Raphael.
Richard: Learning through pictures or LTP is good because we know how to interpret pictures, how to explain about the picture in what you are seeing there. It helped us go around the environment dealing mostly with trees. Maybe you can go out and know the name of the tree and where you can find those trees.
Interviewer: Do you feel like you learned a lot?
Richard and Julieth: Yes.
Interviewer: How was it different from a normal class?
Julieth: It was different because through learning through pictures you are able to learn a lot of things. You take the picture of a tree, [then] you classify the tree, its uses and a lot of things about it. So through learning through pictures has encouraged me a lot and gave me a lot of experience so I really like the subject.
Richard: Also you can see local areas. In the village there are no classes. If you visit the village there are grandparents [who live near] those trees. So after seeing those trees we can describe them and tell the grandparents the uses of those trees and the importance of those trees. How they can attract rainfall or bring chilly conditions. That is the importance of those trees.
Interviwer: Do you think you will remember more using those pictures?
Interviewer: What about in comparison to a normal classroom? How is it different than just writing on a chalk board?
Julieth: I think that method [rote learning] is not that good because they [teachers] just make speeches. The taking of pictures was so awesome. It gives you more experience.
Richard: Also you can use it in biology because it it practical. How we studied about trees, you go directly to the tree instead of only seeing on the blackboard so I think it helped us much.
Interviewer: Did you guys have fun?
Julieth: Yes, it was awesome, myself I like it.
nterviewer: Do you feel comfortable with the camera?
Interviewer: Would you like to use LTP in different classrooms in different areas?
Students: Yes, in biology and geography.
Interviewer: What would you do in those classes?
Julieth: Maybe classification of living things. We will be able to use cameras to take pictures of living things and classify. Showing how they look and how they differ from each other in classification and the way it deals.
Richard: Also in biology they brought us a movie. The topic was balance of nature…You can see those trees and maybe it is summer so many trees grow. After growing they are decomposed by bacteria and more trees can grow. You can see the balance of nature depending on other organisms.
Interviewer: You have a very large class. Do you think LTP works with very large numbers?
Richard: Yes. All of them are participating. All of them were able to describe the tree.
Julieth: They were even able to use the camera to take photos and they enjoyed it a lot.
Interviwwer: So class size is not a problem?
Students: No, it is not a problem.