The Participatory Methods

The photographs below illustrate some of the participatory methods that are used in eMPathy Trust’s training workshops. The teachers, students and community workers in these photographs have given permission for their photographs to be used.

  1. Body mapping
    These images show the process of creating a body map with students over a period of time. In this instance, body mapping is used to teach the basics of HIV prevention, transmission and treatment through a series of verbal prompts given to the students.  In addition, the activity is designed to help students negotiate and assert their personal boundaries in relation to their feelings and choices regarding their sexuality. The body map becomes a powerful metaphor for exploring and strengthening one’s relationship with oneself and others. These photographs were taken as part of the “How it feels to me” body mapping process done with Grade 8 learners at Isilimela School, Langa in 2004. The process was developed and facilitated by Jane Solomon and photographed by Kali van der Merwe.
  2. The transmission game
    The transmission game illustrates the rate of transmission of HIV (and other STI”s). It simulates an HIV test and stimulates discussion about the social and cultural forces that drive the epidemic.
  3. Making an immune system
    Using play dough and a range of collage materials, the participants model the way in which a healthy immune system works to protect the body from illness and how HIV interferes with this process. The role of ARVs is also explored using these models and dramatic presentations.
  4. Creating persona characters
    Participants create a character and a narrative which relates to HIV/AIDS and the character’s social context. In small groups, they explore solutions and strategies for understanding and addressing the particular needs of their characters.