The people in the Fevelas were friendlier than I thought, they even let us capture their historical journey and experience the World Cup vibe through their eyes. It was really humbling to be offered something to eat or drink each and every block we turned into. The kids, shop owners and senior citizens, all have the spirit of Ubuntu. The most identifiable culture in Brazil, as a nation, is their love for football – it is on another level
I was honored to share my photographic knowledge with the kids in Brazil. The students really responded well towards me. I remember how I had to explain what a scene setter is to one of the students named Gustavo. I had to draw everything down because he could not understand me because of the language barrier. We were so blown away when he showed us his beautiful opening shot for his series… That was great for me. Not even the language barrier became a hurdle, Gustavo and I found common ground and spoke one language, the language of Photography.
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Gabriela Borges Ferrera is an International MBA Student at IE Business School in Madrid. General management professional with 6 years of experience, expertise in strategic planning, new business development, market research and training and development. Specialized on project management and product innovation. Differentiated expertise in the regional market of Latin America, through the development of a new market to corporate events in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru. Entrepreneurial abilities gained on working to a start-up company. Developed an innovative and creative product, a corporate event for senior business executives that mixes content, learning, interaction, reflection and a platform of business solutions. Goal-oriented, proactive and bold to initiate projects, take risks and take the ideas out of paper to make them real. Passionate about people development!
KM: “Yes,absolutely,name any other country that gives out thousands of bursaries and pays grant to the people…non because South Africa is doing everything in its power to ensure that the youth has a bright future,it grooms the youth via different projects that allow the youth to create jobs for themselves.The freedom of speech is also practiced amongst the youth so our voice is always heard irregardless of any other factor that may be regarded as “disturbing” .
It was truly a fascinating conference as the themes and feelings in the room were all in sync, South Africa has seen great injustices done over the last 5 years and change needs to come.
We were exceptionally lucky to be afforded the opportunity to attend this conference as the tickets were expensive but as luck would have it the Daily Maverick believes in development of all and so was excited to have our students join the conversations and provide a very different view point to the views expressed by the typically affluent audience.
Walking up the stairs to the conference I was reminded how special our #P50 students are. Entering the packed hall of well to do individuals and our students were networking the house down. Some students were getting Selfies with stalwart activists, shaking hands with high profile businesspeople, getting interviewed by national broadcasters and speaking to celebrity puppets.
The movement is gaining momentum and the power of 50 is at the forefront of it. After the excitement of the hellos we got into the conference and were welcomed by well renowned journalist Max du Preez speaking about our democracy as it stands today.
It was a day of incredible speakers, different viewpoints, controversial conversations and more. Our students joined the conversation in many different ways and below are just some of the thoughts expressed about the conference and the conversations.
Many thanks to the Daily Maverick and more specifically Styli Charalambous and Branko Brkic for giving us such an amazing opportunity. You guys are rocking and we look forward to getting our students to contribute to your newspaper in the not too distant future.
Here are some of the interesting transcripts from The Gathering by Daily Maverick click here
Siya simply put, you rock. Well done to you, your family, and the school. The road has sometimes been difficult, sometimes unclear, but you have persevered and are on your way.
Siya’s incredible family, especially his mom Phyllis who has supported and pushed him throughout.