SADPD: Digital Storytelling Project

The Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities (SADPD), APC-Africa-Women and Women'sNet, invite applications from people to participate in thier Digital Storytelling Project from 8-12 June 2009.

“It’s in the telling of our stories that we discover how much of our experiences and learning we have in common with others. Stories make our connection with others and with the world real. They weave together our individual experiences to reveal a picture of a community, a group and a country.”


The Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) in partnership with APC-Africa-Women and Women'sNet, invite you to submit an application to participate in a digital storytelling workshop. We are inviting people living and working in Africa who would like to empower others and affect change by documenting their journey and telling their story. 

Applicants must be:

  • Parents/carers of children with disabilities and youth
  • Young people with disabilities
  • People working in organisations to promote the rights of children and youth with disabilities e.g. Advocates, students, CBR workers, teachers, journalists, information activists, content developers, programme officer/managers,

Participants will develop short videos reflecting the experiences of parents and youth with disabilities in particular with regards to challenges and successes in accessing inclusive education, health, employment and acceptance in their communities and country.  Participants will also examine the power dimensions of story-telling and how we retain the authenticity of our own voice, as well as the voices of the people whose stories we document, preserve or disseminate.

Parents, youth and individuals working in the field have many stories to tell, but never have the time, knowledge, equipment and space to reflect, understand and tell their own stories, share their responses, understandings and experiences.

There is a large amount of information on the internet but very little that reflects the lived realities of those affected and people working in the field of disability in Africa.

The workshop aims to:

  • Document real-life stories of a cross-section of parents and youth with disabilities as well as those working in the field
  • Empower people to tell their own stories, while at the same time create a powerful advocacy tool that can be used in their country and beyond
  • Develop  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills
  • Enable parents and youth with disabilities to share and network amongst each other

More about the workshop

In the workshop we will explore people’s own stories and learn how to develop a story line, use photo’s, video clips, and drawings to tell your story in an effective way.

There is space for twelve applicants who will participate in a five day digital storytelling workshop, 8 -12 June 2009. 

In the month before the workshop delegates will need to join an online study group, collect content for their story (pictures etc) and begin to learn some of the software.

At the workshop participants will learn to use computer software and other equipment necessary for making a short (3-5 minutes) multimedia digital story.

The digital storytelling workshop is hands-on and computer intensive, requiring commitment and willingness to develop a short, personal story; learn new software and edit a short digital video of five minutes in length.

Digital storytelling is not like writing a formal document; it’s more like creative, autobiographical writing. To see an example, check out the website:

In order to be eligible to participate, you must be able to attend all five days of the workshop, and be able to travel to South Africa to arrive by 7 June, departing 13 June 2009. Travel and accommodation will be sponsored by the SADPD.  You must be willing to allow your story, or part of it, to be used in advocacy by SADPD and APC WNSP's Take Back the Tech campaign. The workshop will be conducted in ENGLISH so other language speakers must have a good proficiency in English.  Sign language and French / Portugese interpretation will be provided if necessary (Please motivate for this in application form).

This workshop is a chance to learn new skills and tell your story in a creative and visual format. It’s a lot of work . . . AND a lot of fun.


All stories are owned by the person who made them. The story is your story and will be licensed under a Creative Commons license. We are open to discussing a formula that respects your privacy and confidentiality should you be uncomfortable with the widespread sharing and dissemination of some parts of your story.  We would like your stories to be part of a public effort promote the rights and quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and their families.

Who Should Apply?

  • We are looking for stories told by parent, youth and individuals working in the field of Disability.
  • Applicants must be living and working in Africa (preference will be given to women)
  • Applicants must preferably be based in an organisation, institution or network, but individuals will also be considered 
  • Youth should between the ages of 18 – 35
  • The training is in English. Participants must speak and understand English but are welcome to produce their story in any language they choose. If however you require translation into French and Portuguese please motivate in your application.
  • The story you tell has to be about you and your experiences. It can be about situations or events but it must be a personal story told in the first person 
  • The workshop requires a basic level of computer literacy
  • Applicants must be willing to avail themselves for future advocacy work or training in digital stories in their country.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Event Start Date: 
Monday, 8 June, 2009
Event End Date: 
Friday, 12 June, 2009
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