• Teaching Visual Literacy in the context of Global Learning

    Duration of the project: January 2021 – December 2023

    The project bild.kontexte aims to motivate and enable young people as well as teachers to engage with images in a differentiated and critical way. Through the easily accessible medium of photography, socially relevant topics are made visible and addressed in various educational offerings. In this way, bild.kontexte imparts media competence in dealing with photography as well as factual knowledge on selected topics in the context of global interrelationships.

    In order to address the different target groups in an age-appropriate way, various educational formats are planned: Workshops in photography exhibitions and project days on photography for young people as well as training modules for teachers and instructors.

    The duration and content of the programs can be arranged individually with the teachers. If you would like to learn more about the different formats, please contact:

    Ms. Nicole Wozniak | | Phone: 030 60 40 77 57


    Young people are confronted with images with contradictory messages in their everyday lives, especially when using social media such as Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram. The workshops in photography exhibitions provide young people with assistance in looking critically at images and their genesis, instead of unreflectively believing the messages conveyed to be true and factually correct.

    In this module, young people aged 14 and over visit a photo exhibition on socially relevant topics such as human rights, climate protection and aspects of globalization in a North-South context, either online or on site, together with speakers trained in media education. The workshops give young people the opportunity to immerse themselves in various complex topics and introduce them to diverse stories through the medium of photography. Through various exercises, participants are motivated to consider images in the context of their creation, reception and presentation. Together with the instructors, the young people develop background knowledge and options for action and learn new perspectives on international contexts and the medium of photography.

    Duration: 90 or 180 minutes (incl. breaks)
    Target groups: Young people from 14 years, secondary school I-II, youth groups
    Costs: Participation is free of charge, admission to the exhibition if necessary
    Location: digital or f³ – freiraum für fotografie
    Requirements: Internet and Internet-enabled terminal (laptop/PC/tablet) with camera and microphone.

    Image © GfHF


    Today’s media world would be inconceivable without images. But what messages do images send? And who is behind them? Photographs can make complex topics visible, but they can also quickly have a generalizing effect. During the project days, the young people will explore with international photographers what it means to consciously use photographs as communication media and to convey their own image messages.

    The module is aimed at young people aged 12 and over and takes place in their institution of origin, e.g. school. The project days are practice-oriented and based on the examination of a selected thematic focus that the photographers bring with them from their own work. In one or two-day events, the young people gain an insight into photographic work and learn about different ways of communicating through images. They are sensitized to the structure, effect and analysis of photography and learn more about the use of photography for a sustainable and just world. As a result of the project days, the young people develop their own picture stories on a selected focus topic with technical support.

    Duration: 360 minutes, 1 or 2 days each (including breaks).
    Target groups: Young people aged 12 and over, secondary school I-II, youth groups
    Costs: Participation is free of charge
    Location: Institutions of origin, school or other institution.
    Requirements: Internet, beamer or smartboard, terminal with camera function

    Image © GfHF


    In the communication of global content in contexts of learning and teaching, photographs play an important role as information carriers. In this context, it is central not to use visual material as an illustration of content, but to understand it as a communication medium in its own right: Photography itself generates and transports content and thus produces messages and knowledge. However, to ensure that images do not reproduce stereotypes and perpetuate power asymmetries, a differentiated and critical approach to visual material is of great importance: photographs always show only a small section of the world from a particular perspective.

    In four advanced training modules per year, we want to provide teachers and speakers with critical image competencies and invite them to familiarize themselves with the topic of visual representation and its contents and methods. For this purpose, we invite experts who illuminate the topic from different perspectives. The focus of all training modules is on factual knowledge, techniques and applications.

    Image © GfHF

Supported by:
Engagement Global im Auftrag des BMZ
Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe, Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Kirchlicher Entwicklungsdienst durch Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst
Stiftung Berliner Sparkasse