Rising Voices note: Our monthly newsletter provides a summary of our recent blog posts about all aspects of digital inclusion including access and adoption of digital tools, as well as different ways and opportunities for communities to fully participate online. Read here for previous editions of this newsletter.
Happy holidays, dear readers!
Within no time, we will be entering 2022, embarking on the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. Are you as excited as we are?
In the spirit of sharing, we’d love to present to you a selection of poetry by members of our extended Global Voices community, recited at the 2nd International Academic Forum: Sustainable Development of Indigenous Languages held in South Korea in late November.
These poets and their respective working languages are:
- Alejandra Sasil Sánchez Chan, Maayat’aan (Yucatec Maya) of Mexico
- Miguel Angel Oxlaj Cúmez, Maya Kaqchikel language of Guatemala
- Njeri Wangarĩ, Gĩkũyũ language of Kenya
- Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, Yorùbá language from Nigeria
MORE FROM THE RISING VOICES BLOG
In this issue, we’d love to introduce you to a group of Champani youth, based in Cambodia, who are dedicated to preserving their own cultural tradition. Read along and find out what they have done and planning to do, both offline and online, to give back to their community. → “Champani youth in Cambodia find creative ways to promote their culture amid the pandemic”
Working on a project to revitalize your own ancestral language to save it from extinction? Wikitongues is looking to support 15 projects in the coming year through their Language Revitalization Accelerator. For eligibility and application details, please see here. Application due: January 23, 2022
TOOLS & RESOURCES
Planning a digital literacy training program of your own but don’t know where to begin? We think this comprehensive Digital Inclusion Startup Manual is just for you. In this manual, you can find not only a detailed checklist for the logistics but also free sources for curriculum ideas and materials. All thanks to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance!
Now, how’s Australia doing this year in terms of digital inclusion? In this recently released summary report, the research team spells out for us how digital inclusion is measured in the country and how different factors have (or might have) played a role. Would you like to join us in taking a look at their findings and see what we can all learn from their experience?
MORE TO READ, WATCH and LISTEN TO
- Tell me how: Can we bridge the digital divide? via World Bank
- Making tech accessible for disabled and nondisabled people in conversation with Haben Girma and Rachel Arfa via Forbes
- Seeding change: Creating a digital community network with the Ju|’hoan people in Namibia via Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
- Cherokee Nation brings burgeoning technology to language efforts via Anadisgoi
- Adapting the periodic table into Kichwa via Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN)
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