Rwanda introduced “smart-pay” using ATM cards (load money on the card)
As a result many young people were laid off as conductors/fare collectors
Young people help to carry or transport luggage, market wares at informal markets
Interviewed some of these young people
Also talked to some young people outside of Kigali, 90km away in the mountains
A broad definition of “disability” including lack of access to education
Many young people using WhatsApp, even if they aren’t well-versed in using a keyboard on a computer
Challenges - finding time for interview as the young people are busy working, noise of passing trucks, etc.
Will try to dig deeper next week
James is extending stay in Rwanda in order to have more time (until December 20th)
Reaching out to the youth organizations in the next week or so to find out to what extent they integrate inclusive design in their approaches
Last Sunday International Day of Persons with Disability - Uwezo launched a centre for youth to learn about ICT, computers, etc.
Develop user-friendly Android apps
Ways of communicating information to both smartphone users and those without
Two groups of young people, which are very different
Last week, shared a session with a different group of young people, not from this project, like an art workshop
And i found A strong feeling of apathy on the part of the young people
Worried about facing same situation in Fresno, likely not in Medellin
Fresno - young people from a school
Arranged a meeting with a young writer and teacher who has experience working with marginalized youth groups
Wants to create a group with this writer and maybe someone else, to design the process of storytelling
There is a lack of identity with rural youth - they don’t feel like country people but they are not urban citizens
They use tech but just for the most basic communications needs.
As a result they don’t feel like they have any story to tell
They aspire to leave the country. They don't want to work in the country (of course because there is not many options)
How to engage them to talk about their lives and dreams?
Fresno - it’s about opportunities and options - if they
Hector travelled to Fresno 2 weeks ago - he thinks they are more excited,
Jaquer EsCool - working with themes of self-care, ancestral knowledge, body image and technology.
Talking about how sometimes, efforts are not successful, but this can be used as a learning experience
Strategies for re-engagement of the disengaged - that is core to our project