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.
Observing Lunar New Year, anyone? If you do, Happy New Year!
For all readers, we would like to open this issue by reminding you of two funding opportunities that are open year-round, on a rolling basis:
- Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists by the International Women’s Media Foundation
- JustFilms by the Ford Foundation
We wish you all a fruitful year ahead.
MORE FROM THE RISING VOICES BLOG
Embarking on the IDIL2022–2032 journey with language activists from around the world, Rising Voices and partners are bringing to you another round of our rotating Twitter campaigns. Curious about indigenous, minority, endangered, or under-resourced languages plus how the internet and technology play a role in their promotion and revitalization? Come follow us and hear what our guest hosts have to share!
@ActLenguas (Latin America)
- Roselia Vázquez [en] [es] on Chontal/Tsome, spoken in Sierra Sur of Oaxaca, Mexico
- Héctor Josué Martínez Flores [en] [es] on Nahuat, last living indigenous language in El Salvador
- Carlos Ángeles [es] on the Zapotec language and his involvement in preserving/spreading indigenous languages of Oaxaca, Mexico by way of social networks
Meanwhile, in Africa, podcasts intended for local audiences are blooming. → “These podcasters are carrying African Languages into the new audio world”
CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION
In preparation for the 2022 Global Digital Development Forum, the co-organizers are making an open call for session ideas — specifically around locally-led development, climate change, and emerging technologies. Want to take part in this community-driven event early on? You can definitely start here. Submission due: February 24, 2022
UPCOMING EVENTS & CONFERENCES
Wondering how our understanding of the past can inspire our future via digital storytelling? The Smithsonian is inviting you on for its seventh Mother Tongue Film Festival to find out for yourself through a series of virtual events. Date: February 17–March 4, 2022
TOOLS & RESOURCES
Thinking of organizing an indigenous language immersion camp — online or in-person — but don’t know where to begin? We think this newly-released how-to guide by nêhiyawak Language Experience may come in handy.
Meanwhile, APC (Association for Progressive Communications) has got you covered with their guidelines if you are looking to organize an online event.
MORE TO READ, WATCH and LISTEN TO
- Music videos – Festival of Indigenous Languages as shared by Endangered Languages Project via YouTube
- Hearing, seeing, living. How one school is focusing on fluency to revitalize indigenous languages via Canada’s National Observer
- What distance learning with a disability is like via Teen Vogue
- Improving the user experience for people with speech difficulties via InclusionHub
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