Creating community voices for change (CVC) to train community members especially youth in the use of media tools (social network, blogs and phones) to raise public awareness about social and economic issues affecting them. Youth leaders will be trained using computer and internet facilities by media experts. Training will equip participants with skills to establish local network of support towards policy changes which consider youth opinions.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
We target rural youth leaders who have the potential, capacity and drive to make a change as well as create an online impact. 03 out of every 10 rural youth can barely use a computer and less than two are connected to an online social network. We want to work with them because they are disproportionately affected by water, food, human rights policies and are mostly exempted in local decision making platforms. Youth are strong agents of change.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
We envisage creating news, stories and articles on water supply and sanitation, health, child abuse, violence on children, rape, climate change, youth farming matters, and community youth service. Our vision is to create awareness among Cameroonian youth by initiating and expanding a “community youth corner” that inspires youth to raise their voices for change. A facebook page will be created as a media output for youth to join and share.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Since approval of our organization in 2010, we have focused on inspiring youth and women to acquire entrepreneurial and social skills towards the improvement of their standard of living. From 2011 to 2013 we organized many youth activities ranging from sensitization to capacity building in collaboration with local government youth agencies, youth NGOs and media experts. All the aforementioned are relevant backstop in making project successful.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We target 100 rural youth for this project through call for application to ensure gender balance. We will consider our current youth pool but will also explore and work with youth from low-communities whose online visibility have been marred by inadequate computer and internet services as well as limited access to electricity. Sustainability shall be ensured by education and empowerment of youth, creation of a legalized youth voices platform.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
We would like to request Rising Voices to provide us technical advice and material support specifically advice on successful management and sustainability of project activities, youth advocacy educational materials, high definition digital camera and recorder. We would also like rising Voices to put us in partnership with the wealth of partners who help us sustain our proposed project.
Tanda Godwin Ade
Environmental Protection and Development Association (EPDA Cameroon)