In September 2019, we lost our beautiful friend & Followings volunteer, Carla Bellomarino, to sudden cardiac arrest. A fiercely passionate creator, writer and producer, Carla brought a warmth and sense of calm to any home, workplace, film set or restaurant she walked into.
Her commitment to humanitarianism inspired her friends and family to raise thousands of dollars for the Busubi Empowered Communities (BEC) Learning Centre in rural Uganda. In May 2018, Carla lived and worked at the Centre, where she led workshops in Human Rights.
In 2021, the Carla Bellomarino Digital Storytelling Academy will open at the BEC Learning Centre in her honour.
Our vision sees Carla's passion for story-telling, writing, comedy, and empowerment through information living on in the students who attend the Carla Bellomarino Digital Storytelling Academy.
Original and honest voices like Carla's are being heard louder than ever, thanks to the ease of access to technology and the rise of video sharing platforms. With your support, the Busubi community will be invited to this global stage, ensuring their voices are heard and they are not left behind in the era of digital literacy. The exposure will bring inspiration, understanding and empowerment to individuals and the community.
The first course to run at the Academy in January 2021 will be The University of Houston's Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling. This course will be run over 12 weeks and introduces digital storytelling, exploring ways to use digital stories to enhance students’ learning experiences.
The course is designed to provide a solid foundation for all of the components of digital storytelling through tutorials, example stories, and links to additional readings. The course also provides hands-on opportunities for learners to create their own digital stories.
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Carla Bellomarino was one in a million, could tell a story on-screen (and off!) like no other, and had a fierce passion for equality. Through this Academy, students from rural Uganda will be given the power to tell their stories to the world for the first time. Thank you for keeping Carla's legacy alive.
Honouring the memory of passionate and masterful storyteller Carla Bellomarino, our Digital Storytelling Academy will inspire and empower future storytelling talent in Uganda.
Directly sponsoring the Carla Bellomarino Digital Storytelling Academy is an opportunity to:
EMPOWER students with the opportunity to learn, grow and develop through digital storytelling
DEMONSTRATE your commitment to fostering emerging talent in storytelling through video, podcast and in written word
CONTRIBUTE to equitable access to education and give a global voice to Ugandan students
GIVE a voice to those without via a multitude of digital platforms
CONNECT your corporate or personal brand to the education and development of passionate students