BASABali is an initiative that encourages the regular and sustainable use of local languages by encouraging young people to publicly speak out about civic issues on a community-developed digital platform in their native tongue. Policymakers and the public publicly respond, again using the local language, Balinese. BASABali engaged teachers to help support student participants. The topics of discussion emerge from the community. The platform has incorporated features such as a dictionary, word games, and a community space.
Initial challenges were how to help people feel comfortable using a traditional oral, registered language in written form and where the speaker can't easily place themselves relative to the listeners. Now that BASABali has been able to help normalize this (with support from other initiatives) our challenges focus on how to maintain participation and funding for the platform.
Ada ké ané mara maaturan di sanja utawi petengné yén rahinan Kuningan? Rahajeng Rahina Suci Kuningan, sameton😇🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://dictionary.basabali.org/Kuningan #basabaliwiki #kuningan2023 #harisucikuningan #wukukuningan
In Indonesia: Clara [at] BASAbali.org & Elsewhere in the World: Alissa [at] BASAbali.org