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HIV and AIDS awareness-raising in Mali through photonovels


UNESCO conducts a pilot-project in Mali to develop photonovels collections as a tool to disseminate HIV and AIDS education

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© Pack 2/S.Dorance
Photonovels are fiction publications composed of texts formed by photographs and captions, telling amusing stories of friendship and love. This kind of popular reading material represent a powerful channel to disseminate across wide ranging audiences culturally appropriate and gender sensitive educational messages in an entertaining way, beyond the traditional readerships of the non-formal sector. Educational contents related to HIV and AIDS, apt to influence the development of constructive attitudes and behaviours in response to the epidemic problem, are particularly easy to insert in the thematic context of love stories traditionally treated by photonovels.

Bringing together Western specialists of photonovels and professionals from Mali, as well as experts in communication on HIV and AIDS, the project « Developing photonovels collections to disseminate HIV and AIDS education » aimed at developing, through professional training, the capacity of national Publishing Industries in Mali to produce high quality photonovels as non-formal educational tools on HIV and AIDS.

The project was conducted in three major phases:

  • Organisation of the photonovel: introduction meetings and workshops on scenarios writing, casting, technical photo set and shooting, pre-production, etc.
  • Production of the photonovel: workshops on viewing angle, shot location and shot time and 12 days of shooting in a little village 6km from Bamako with local actors from the Nyogolon and Sissoko acting groups.
  • Editorial phase of the photonovel: picture selection, text revision and correction, translation into Bambara language, page setting, proofreading, etc.

Held from September 2006 to December 2007, this project was run jointly by the Division of Arts and cultural enterprise (Culture Sector, UNESCO Headquarters) and by the UNESCO Office in Bamako, in collaboration with Lancio publications (Roma), Donniya publications (Bamako), and the Nyogolon and Sissoko acting groups.

The PDF document "Créer et publier un roman-photo" (soon available in English, Spanish, and Arabic), prepared by Mrs Sylvia Dorance (Pack 2 Agence éditioriale), provides practical guidelines on the different steps of a photonovel publication.

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