The Everyday Education exhibition opened at the Museum of African Design on May 13.

by Tendani Mulaudzi and Nasya Smith

An exhibition showcasing the work of three photographers who visited over twenty one schools across the continent opened at the Museum of African Design (MOAD) in Braamfontein last Friday.The Everyday Education exhibition, featuring photographs taken in educational settings across Sub-Saharan Africa, is the work of  Zach Louw, Sameer Satchu and Rebecca Crook.

The trio tavelled across the continent capturing scenes of education that play in classrooms across the continent on a daily basis.

“We travelled over 4 000km on buses, mini buses, boda bodas, bicycles, boats and hitch hiking in cars for over 153 hours of total transit time,” said Louw, a 23-year-old marketing student at the University of Cape Town.

“We criticize and blame our teachers, leaders and unions and implement ever-evolving reforms with copious amounts of money that never seem to realise the collective aim of improving student outcomes,” said Crook, mastermind of the trip idea, on the subject of African education.

GETTING EDUCATED: The Everyday Education exhibition showcases certain African educational settings. PHOTO: Nasya Smith

GETTING EDUCATED: The Everyday Education exhibition showcases certain African educational settings. PHOTO: Nasya Smith

The exhibition has a range of photos, ranging from teachers standing in front of a class teaching, and children with big smiles on their faces or doing simple everyday tasks.

“Changing mindsets”

“As a whole, the biggest challenge of our trip was changing mindsets. It’s easy for people to assume that the aim of our trip was to give aid or volunteer,” said Louw.

“We fundamentally believe that the educators doing this difficult work have many of the solutions within their reach. They don’t need a saviour in a white cape coming to rescue them. They are not helpless.”

The exhibition will be on display at MOAD until June 5.

RELATED ARTICLES: