Rising Voices grantee and a translator for Global Voices in French Boukary Konaté puts another feather on the cap this year. Boukary has been listed among the finalists in the Best of Blogs the BOBs, an annual event held by the Deutsche Welle Media Group to award outstanding blog and bloggers.
Rural residents in the Ségou villages have a difficult time accessing the internet, but the project Ségou Villages Connection has been helping these villages find a way. Based on personal experiences of growing up in these villages, project coordinator Boukary Konaté is serving as a mentor to these young people.
Mali recently celebrated the annual International Mother Language Day on February 21 in Bamako. Blogger and Rising Voices grantee recipient Boukary Konaté discusses his hopes for the role of technology in promoting the use of the 13 indigenous languages in Mali.
The Ségou Villages Connection project in Mali is taking an interesting turn, in partnership with a UNESCO heritage preservation program. Boukary Konaté, a 2011 Rising Voices grantee, is currently cruising up the Niger river aboard a traditional Malian barge, docking every day in a new village to train school children and villagers to use the Internet.
What equipment is needed to access the internet in the rural Ségou villages of Mali? Boukary Konaté of the Rising Voices grantee project Ségou Villages Connections describes how he is helping rural villagers access the internet by "hacking" together a mobile internet set-up.
Rising Voices is pleased to relaunch our biweekly newsletter about all aspects of digital inclusion including access and adoption of digital tools, as well as different ways for communities to fully participate online.
"Our mission is use information technology to preserve and promote Mali’s rich linguistic, material, and immaterial heritage."
The most recent Rising Voices Roundup (new name coming soon!) listing the resources, articles, and opportunities we've found in the past two weeks...
Continuing the series on citizen journalism posts from Global Voices collaboration with Map Kibera, Kevin Rennie talks to two local residents that are committed to seeing the post-election violence does not repeat itself for the next round of Kenyan elections.
The Ségou Connection "cruise for Internet literacy" on the river Niger, in Mali, in partnership with the Loire-Niger UNESCO heritage project has completed a two-week training tour of schools on the banks of the river, with very positive results. Boukary shares highlights of his Internet literacy cruise.
Proverbs are short expressions of popular wisdom. In Mali, many of these sayings can be found in the Bambara language, which is the most widely understood language in the country, especially in the Ségou region. It is here where the Rising Voices grantee projects Ségou Villages Connection is teaching rural residents how to use the internet to share stories. However, these proverbs can also be found on various other blogs and Twitter conversations.
There are communities emerging around the use of participatory citizen media and web 2.0 tools to promote the use of under-represented languages. Join New Tactics, Rising Voices, Indigenous Tweets, and other practitioners for an online dialogue on Using Citizen Media Tools to Promote Under-Represented Languages from November 16 to 22, 2011.
During the month of August, residents of the Ségou region in Mali suffered from a scarcity of rain. This had negative repercussions on their agricultural activities, threatening the entire season. All that was left to do was pray. Finally after a long wait, the rains arrived allowing residents to celebrate the end of Ramadan with peace of mind. Ségou Villages Connection project participants write about this difficult time.