Are you a native or heritage speaker or user of an Indigenous, minority, or low-resourced language of Ghana or Nigeria?
Do you have an idea for a project or campaign that uses the internet or digital media to promote your language in digital spaces?
Are you interested in developing a plan to further advance that idea to make an impact for your language community?
If you answered “yes” to all these three questions, then we would like to invite you to apply to take part in a two-week online workshop “Strengthening your language on the internet through digital activism” organized by Rising Voices in partnership with UNESCO.
Please read through the following information, then apply below at the bottom of this page.
Dates and times:
Session #1 – Wed., November 17 @ 4-6 pm Ghana time / 5-7 pm Nigeria
Session #2 – Sat., November 20 @ 4-6 pm Ghana time / 5-7 pm Nigeria
Session #3 – Wed., November 24 @ 4-6 pm Ghana time / 5-7 pm Nigeria
Session #4 – Sat., November 27 @ 4-6 pm Ghana time / 5-7 pm Nigeria
Within the framework of the upcoming International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022–2032, Rising Voices has partnered with UNESCO to develop a digital activism toolkit for languages, designed for speakers of Indigenous, minority, and low-resourced languages who want to make an impact by promoting their languages in digital spaces. Low-resourced languages is a term often used for languages for which fewer online resources or content exist.
The toolkit resource intends to serve as a roadmap for speakers and other users who are currently engaged in or who want to start working to promote and strengthen their language, whether in cyberspace or by using digital media and technologies.
Developed in close collaboration with digital activists from around the world, and allied partners, the resource draws upon years of experience and best practices by these networks of language digital activists eager to share their knowledge with other communities. Organized according to tactics that contribute to the strategic goal of language reclamation and revitalization, the resource provides innovative examples of digital activism along with reflections on how to match activities with intended impact.
Through a partnership between Rising Voices and P2PU, the resource has been adapted into a four-session course to be offered online to language communities in seven different regions around the world.
You should apply if you:
- Are a native or heritage speaker of an indigenous, minority, or low-resource language of Ghana or Nigeria
- Either are already involved with your own digital project or campaign OR you have a strong idea for a digital project or campaign and need help to further develop the idea
- Can commit to attending all four sessions (see dates and times above), and complete all learning tasks in between sessions
- Have access to the internet, preferably to use video capabilities to connect with other participants
What to expect:
- Four virtual sessions on Zoom, including breakout groups and discussion sessions
- Readings or short tasks to complete before each session
- Access to and interactions with peer facilitators who will also apply their experiences during the workshop/course
- The opportunity to meet other like-minded people interested in digital activism from your country or region, and to strengthen ties.
You will learn how to:
- Better understand how digital activism fits into broader strategies (human rights, language revitalization) and in relation to your unique local context
- Articulate the intended change or impact you would like to influence
- Identify strategies and tactics that best fit the change you would like to see
- Locate ways to develop skills and explore examples that may match your proposed project
- Create a plan based on a chosen tactic or strategy, identifying concrete steps to expand skills or knowledge.
NOTE: all the sessions in the training will be held in English.
How to apply:
Complete the following application form below. The deadline is November 6, 2021 at 10 pm (your local time).
Selected participants will be notified by November 8, 2021
There is no cost to attend for accepted participants.
Workshop organizers will select up to twenty participants to take part. Please note, we aim to ensure geographic, linguistic, and gender diversity.
Adéṣínà Ayẹni (Ọmọ Yoòbá), a language enthusiast, cultural advocate, and multimedia journalist, is the founder of Yobamoodua Cultural Heritage, with the sole responsibilities of preserving, propagating and revitalization of the Yorùbá cultural heritage. Adéṣínà Ọmọ Yoòbá is a two-time research fellow with the Firebird Foundation For Anthropological Research. He has also localized websites, resources and planning to adapt popular English novels for Yorùbá readers. Adéṣínà is the Lingua Manager, Global Voices Yorùbá. He is an Open Education Resources developer; UNESCO OE4BW 2020, and he developed a resource on Climate Change in the Yorùbá language.
Zita Ursula Zage is an open advocate and digital activist with 7 years experience working in the Open Movement. She is the Sub-Saharan Africa Board Governance Facilitator and the Anglophone Regional Ambassador of Art and Feminism. She co-founded a community-based non-profit organisation in Ghana that empowers individuals and educators to develop or contribute to and use open source projects. Through this organisation, she helps in preserving indigenous languages on Wikimedia platforms. Interventions undertaken include: Incubating languages that do not yet exist on Wikipedia, expanding existing languages experiencing dwindling levels of participation, and recruiting expert local languages writers to become volunteers.