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About the Visual Literacy Project

The Visual Literacy Project is designed to help secondary students and educators use documentary photography, video, and audio forms  as critical tools for literacy, learning, and civic engagement. The initiative offers a range of programming available to secondary school students and educators, with a particular focus on reaching underserved communities. 


This program builds on the well-established work and reputation of the Social Documentary Network (SDN), an organization that brings together a global community of documentary photographers who believe in the power of visual storytelling to help us understand each other and the world. In line with SDN’s mission and values, the Visual Literacy Project aims to empower students to use documentary media as a way to explore and understand themselves, their communities, and the issues that matter most in today’s world. It provides programming that develops critical visual literacy, encourages social and cross-cultural understanding, and enables meaningful democratic and civic engagement. 




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