Running youth projects has always been a great challenge to many. The questions we have to constantly ask ourselves are these:
On 31 March 2012, UndiMsia! is launching a pilot youth project in Hulu Langat. It’s not going to be our usual workshop, forum, debate, gotong-royong, or rave party (you wish!).
The “Kediaman Idaman Saya” (“My Ideal Home”) photo competition and exhibition is a youth event, created to promote UndiMsia!’s infographic on rights to adequate housing [for more information on what UndiMsia! does, please read this].
We first called for participants back in December. Only youths in Hulu Langat are eligible for the competition. They are asked to take photographs of their neighbourhood, environment or any other images that they interpret as an ideal home for them. Their photographs will be exhibited and judged by the public through a voting process carried out on the same day as the exhibition.
At the exhibition, the contesting teams will be given 5 minutes to talk about their photographs. They are encouraged to express their thoughts on the following questions:
- What are their criteria of an ideal home?
- Do they consider where they live as ideal? If not, why? What improvements can be done?
- What are the things they can do as a community to make their homes ideal for living?
The principle idea behind this is to provide youths in Hulu Langat a platform to share their thoughts on housing issues and as residents, how they can work with the local authorities to achieve this? Is the definition of an ideal home a bungalow with a swimming pool? Or does it encompass other important aspects such as security, location, access to public infrastructures, environmental integrity, etc.
We have invited the local councillors, state assemblypersons and Member of Parliament of Hulu Langat to attend the event. It is an opportunity for the youths to share their ideals with their local elected representatives and authorities.
The public will get to participate in the event by casting their votes for their favourite team. We will be distributing our infographics on that day.
The exhibition is open to the public and we hope that you will join us in this pilot project. It may not be picture perfect but we think it’s a good start towards creating activities that are fun, innovative and educational for youths of today.
Things you can do for this project:
We look forward to seeing you there!
10:00 Photo exhibition
12:00 Presentation by the teams
12:30 Voting by the public
12:45 Closing of votes
13:15 Announcement of the winner and prize giving ceremony
13:30 Light refreshments