What is Skill Collective
Skill collective was envisaged with the aim that anyone can be a creator and the aim is to create creators and equip them with the tools to communicate and express themselves and use the skills they have learnt to create job opportunities if they can. This is done by a multi thronged approach of Training, Empowering and Creating!
The 10 day immersive training is developed to cover all aspects of media, communication and digital technologies. The participants are exposed to photography, editing, graphics design, storytelling and filmmaking. The interesting thing is that the skills are taught using the technology which are available to the participants which are basic smartphones. The program ends with an exhibition of the work created by the participants where they share their experience with their community.
Think Gudd foundation conducted the pilot program of its flagship program Skill Collective at Depalle village, around 80 kms away from Hyderabad, Telangana from 25th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021. Deepalle is majorly an agriculture based economy, Kisan Sevaks Foundation (KSF) has been working here since 2015 helping children and farmers with their education. Think Gudd Foundation partnered with KSF to train 20 children and youth from the village on media and communication skills.
The pilot project had a diverse set of participants with an age group of 14 to 24 years who were school and college students, farmers and others. The mix of the participants was a good experiment where a lot of cross learning happened young teaching the old and vice-versa. As most of them belong to the same community there was a teamwork and a sense of togetherness.
The projects chosen by the participants ranged from fiction, non-fiction and documentation of their areas of interest.
Farming practices and processes
Community and village
Local and societal issues
Documentary- Organization and Biography
Over the course of the 10 day training the participants created 16 films on various topics and photographs and posters for their films. The participants learnt 21st century skills, media creation, communication skills, social media, digital tools to create, edit and showcase their work