Jaqi Aru is a group of young Aymara internet users, impacted by Global Voices since 2009. We have been experiencing challenging activities regarding the use of our language and citizen media. Following up on this mission, we want to share our experiences on the web with our brothers and sisters, young people and teachers in three rural Aymara communities (Achacachi, Batallas, Pucarani) in order to prepare for the arrival of the Tupac Katari satel
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Achacachi, Batallas y Pucarani
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Young high school students, and university professors from the three Aymara populations (Achacachi, Batallas, Pucarani) have only been using the Internet to find information (consumers) and do not contribute to the web. They are Aymara, and we want to strengthen and empower them in hthe use of the web and its language (protagonists), thus mitigating the missing content. There is internet connection and community telecentres in all three populatio
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Young high school, and university professors from the three populations that will create miscellaneous content. This project seeks to enrich the Aymara language and culture, due to the lack of any information. They study and will explore different careers and teachers teach different subjects. Well, the vision is to mitigate the void of content that exists in different themes.
Wikipedia is a means to contribute to the enrichment of content in our language-culture.
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
We have provided and coordinated workshops with Ministry of Education, Language Policy Unit. We coordinate with the Board of Education Aymara, eablogs (expert bloggers in El Alto, participate in barcamps). Coordinate with the Municipal Department of Education of the three districts. We will use Community Telecenters. Wikimedia Bolivia, we are a part it. We have contacts with the Free Software developers.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
450 high school students, 150 university students and 70 teachers from the three Aymara populations will learn about citizen media and use of the Aymara language. First, we will work with a group of facilitators. Second, there will be three workshops in each population, monitoring and reinforcement will be virtual. At the end, we will organize the first BarCamp in the Aymara language, with project participants and invited experts.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Payment of rent for a small and modest office in El Alto and the basic equipment for the office, to gather coordinators, workshop participants and beneficiaries.
Comunidad Virtual Aymara Jaqi Aru