Last week twenty two educators from around the world engaged in an Adobe Youth Voices Lead Educator Training for four days at the Adobe Office in Noida, India. Educators from Uganda, India, Nepal, Thailand, Romania, Russia, East Timor, Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia all shared their best practices leading Adobe Youth Voices programs.
The Lead Educator Training prepares educators to train others in the program’s approach with young people. Adobe employees, including engineers from the Premiere Elements team supported the training, offering the latest tips in incorporating digital media in the classroom.
The training was an exciting opportunity for educators from around the world to learn from each other, and to collaborate to enhance their production and teaching practice. Educators shared stories of their success inspiring young people to make media for social change and produced short videos about their approach to teaching youth media. Topics included incorporating the human rights framework in Adobe Youth Voices program, building leadership, and inspiring greater creativity.
Cornelia Platon, an educator from Romania said, “I was happy and honoured to meet educators from around the world and learn from the Adobe engineers here in Noida. I learned tips and tricks in technology, and I also learned how educators are developing programs for vulnerable youth. I am excited to return to my country to help students make their voices heard.”
Said one Adobe employee about her experiences volunteering at the event, “It has been a very special opportunity to learn more about the Adobe Youth Voices program and a unique experience for engineers to hear first hand accounts of how the software programs have had a had a positive impact on youth.” After software training, educators visited Adobe Youth Voices programs in Delhi and Noida to see the program in action. Youth shared their experiences, projects, storyboards, and asked participants questions about their careers as educators and mediamakers.
The Lead Educator training culminated in Adobe Youth Voices Live! a celebration of the creativity of youth in Delhi at the India Cultural Center. Twenty Adobe Youth Voices projects were showcased from the Delhi/ Noida/ Gurgaon area and included short documentaries, PSAs, short fiction animation, photo essays, radio dramas and graphic design. The event was managed by Adobe volunteers, some of whom even performed live music, much to the delight of the youth. As Delhi is host to one of the largest Adobe Youth Voices programs in the world, the event was a high-energy celebration of the great work and creativity of many partners, educators and youth.
AYV Live! in India and the Lead Educator Training was organized with awesome coordination and care by one of our key partners American India Foundation, and developed by trainers from the Education Development Center. Congratulations to all the participants and trainers and volunteers for an impactful sharing of knowledge, and deepening of our youth media practice. We look forward to hearing how Lead Educators will continue to present and train other educators around the world inspiring youth to share their voice.