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April 5, 2013

Finalist – Nigeria: Back to Basics (B2B)

To train the youth on animation & produce animated short traditional igbo language moonlight folktales. This project B2B is meant to revive the dieing Igbo language & culture It's been predicted by UNESCO Advisory Committee on Language Pluralism & Multi-language Education that Igbo language & culture will go into extinct by year 2025. if nothing is done. Hence, we intend making it attractive to youth by making use of youth friendly medium of communication. I intend working with young people from already established skill learning set up so as to have an organized and systematic forum.

April 3, 2013

Finalist – Cambodian Citizen Journalism Project (CCJP)

The project I'm proposing is simple. I would like to train up to 30 youth citizen journalists at a youth friendly NGO (asked not to be identified). I would like to train them 3 important things (1) blogging, Wikipedia, social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter (2) how to utilize them in a way that is relevant to their lives (3) how they can train their peers how to use them as well.

Finalist – Afghan Young Women Feminist Network

We will train 30 Afghan young women’s from Kabul province of Afghanistan with the knowledge and abilities to use the internet as a tool to share information and findings with the peers and to be able to be actively involved in the process of creating the content of the RUIDAD Publication| The First Feminist Publication in Afghanistan. The participants will be divided into two groups of 15 persons each at two separate sessions of morning & afternoon to be trained. participants will learn: interviewing of Afghan women activists, researching information, basis of blogs & social networking.

Finalist – Mexico: Oral and Living Traditions in San Andrés

Train young purepechan people in the use of digital cameras, audio recorders or cell phones to share via social networks and blogs: their oral literature, everyday activities, traditional parties and local landscapes. With training workshops, this project looks to promote in them, the vision of a world that tends to global communication. In one hand, the workshops will cover technical skill development; in the other hand, they’ll talk about human development, so the maintenance of identity traits and skills development is guaranteed.

Finalist – Youth Stories from Bhutan's Maturing Democracy

College-aged youth involved in Media Clubs will be trained to act as citizen journalists by producing audio podcasts. These podcasts will educate Bhutanese about democracy, explore ways to engage citizens in community problem-solving, and cover stories from Bhutan's second-ever national elections during summer 2013. Our organization will then create an online hub where all these stories will be posted and distributed to local radio stations. Given the freshness of Bhutan's democracy, all citizens – especially youth – require opportunities to better understand and engage in democracy.

April 2, 2013

Finalist – Australia: Replenish the Earth – Voices from Aboriginal Australians

Project REARTH aims to promote social justice. By training young Aboriginal participants in film and photography, this project will document stories from the original custodians of Australian land, resulting in a locally produced and locally directed series of short films and photo-essays exploring issues including land rights, cultural preservation and connection to country . The project will create a “film-photo-blog” where local Aboriginal Australians of NSW and QLD will be at the centre of social change.

Finalist – Colombia: Radio and Forum Mariamulata

Create a Radio (internet and radio wave) and a network communication system for Rincón. We will set up first a social Forum for Mariamulata Cultural Center, then an internet radio station open to local and communitarian use. The oral tradition and storytelling roots are rich as music and culture. .We will use the machines and the internet service already installed.Three specialist and experienced people that had already worked with radio and internet opensource technologies will do the workshops. Participants will be invited by the local tutors and active people from the village.

Finalist – El Salvador: Yankwit Tunal (New Sun)

We are empowering young people in the management of ICT in order to promote and make visible the Nahuat language and culture. Through training workshops and alternative media, young people will learn to do interviews, videos and audios in order to document the nahuat culture. It is hoped that these young people will make up a team of young journalists who regularly motivate other young people and the local community to appreciate their culture, to reclaim the Nahuat history, and to highlight a group rarely represented in the media.

Finalist: Mapping for Niger

The project will create a Volunteer Technical Community (VTC) by training and mobilizing Nigerien students in ‘collaborative open source humanitarian mapping’ to increase inclusive information sharing in crisis preparedness, international solidarity and citizen agency through targeted digital capacity building and outreach. The VTC will then engage key humanitarian actors in Niger to contribute to OpenStreetMap, a free online mapping tool. This initiative will train motivated youth in an employable skill, encourage volunteerism, and promote the active use of social media for positive outcomes.

Finalist – Cameroon: Voicing Out to Release Post Conflict Trauma

This project will use internet media to enable victims of the recurrent inter-tribal land use resources conflicts between the villages of Oku and Mbessa in the North West Region of Cameroon to expose their never considered grievances in solving the conflict. Women and children in both communities still want to have a say about the conflict management methods. They feel more relieved when someone listens to their ordeals. Their voices will be exposed through social media for a wider audience.