Introductions for Bahati from UWEZO in Rwanda
James & Bahati are having connection issues
The challenges and barriers of limited technological infrastructure
Two challenges this year:
To create an observatory of youth movements in Cartagena
An online space for youth movement to put info, histories, etc
Visualisation of environmental data from the Environmental Guardians youth group
Finish gathering data by end of January?
Gathering data on garbage dumping
Want to work together on how to visualize this data
Will send draft doc at beginning of January
They’re working with teachers from more technological areas in creating this software
There’s a lack of organization for/between the various youth movements in Cartagena
They’ll have the first version of their mockups this Friday, and they can share those with us
They would really appreciate our feedback on the mockups
Question: given different countries and different platforms, how do we link these platforms?
In the past, they’ve used things like Wordpress, incorporating the IDRC’s UIO plugin
Continue using the technology that you are comfortable with
SJRK website can link out to everything - build some structure around that - maybe each project could have a landing page or something like that
Second question: should they propose a different logo for this site? Can we all have input into the design of the site/platform?
Consider a co-design session for this site, working with the young people who will be using it
Third question: how to connect all the youth we are working with through social media?
Have joint account(s)?
Have some facility for the young people in all parts of the world to connect with each other
Independently of language
We might need to translate the content into Kinyarwanda, for instance, to remove barriers
Skype, for instance, has introduced an interface where there is automatic interpretation between students speaking Chinese and English
The storytelling tool may address these questions. It is one way that youth can connect. It could also maybe be used as a conversation platform?
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
Working on a guide for toolkit development