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The assignment

  1. Brainstorm five community development priorities that could be addressed through learning programmes
  2. Consider any reasons why or specific focus areas

The results

Red group

  • Crime and violence
    • Need for conflict resolution
    • Way to address the issue include popular theatre, talk shows, mentoring programmes
  • Teenage pregnancy, prostitution
    • Share real life stories
  • Opportunities for young people
  • Environmental issues
  • Tourism livelihoods
    • Stem the harassment of tourists

Orange group

  • Rehabilitation and prison reform
    • Creating space for open dialogue
    • Getting stories from those who commit crimes
    • Create understanding of why crime persists
    • Allow the public to get a bird's eye view of what happens in prisons
    • Address the needs of the children of inmates
  • Young men at risk
    • Increased gang activity
    • Not doing well in school
    • Self-esteem issues: bleaching, lack of identity
    • The need to be pretty
    • Sexuality and the downlow game
  • Deadbeat dads
    • Getting men to live up to their responsibilities (women are carrying the "burden")
    • Women wanting men for the wrong reasons, e.g. the jock
    • Women getting pregnant to "improve self-esteem"
  • Continuing education
    • Poor academic achievement among many community members
    • Poor transportation: community members don't have access to education opportunities
    • Lack of local resource people
    • People need access to technical skills

Yellow group

  • Conflict resolution
    • Anger management
    • How to step back from conflict
  • Environmental concerns
    • Waste disposal
    • Pesticides
    • Global warming / cost of electricity
    • Oil drilling
    • Watershed management
  • Teenage pregnancy
    • Perpetuates the poverty cycle
    • Single parent family
    • Family practices, food and learning
  • Health: AIDS/HIV
    • In-school intervention
    • Treatment literacy: How to live with the virus
    • Adolescent sexual and reproductive life
    • Confidentiality
    • Health and responsible lifestyles
    • Stigma and discrimination
  • Family life
    • Fathers' responsibilities (gatekeepers)
    • Parenting intervention
    • Roles of family members
    • Instilling values
    • Gender issues
    • Crime and the impact of "absent" families

Blue group

  • Farming livelihoods
    • Promoting good farming practices through sharing success stories
  • HIV/AIDS education
    • Sharing content on good practices
    • Creating interactive spaces for exchange
    • Creating partnerships with groups that already have the content
    • Tap into other programmes that have influence on target groups
  • Supporting formal education
    • Virtual assembly halls: A means of effectively reaching students in a formal, post-secondary education setting and involving them in media programming in order to
      • disseminate inforamtion
      • engender solidarity
      • promote discipline and positive social practices
      • support learning
  • Parenting skills
    • Programmes should target both mothers and fathers (and other "parents")
  • Crime and Violence
  • Marginalisation of Youth
    • Amplify youth voices
    • Give them the chance to create programmes for themselves