Register the oral tradition capturing in image & video the daily life of Popolá, Mayan community of Valladolid, Mexico. Empowering children & adolescents in the use of a voice recorder & digital camera also train them in the use of free software to edit audios, images & videos that they capture. Create a blog, accounts on Twitter, YouTube, Flickr & Facebook to upload multimedia content creation. The goal is to raise 50 videos, 50 audio & 50 photos at least the duration of the project. Empowering people responsible for managing the accounts after after the completion of the financing.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
We want to work with these children in this community because we believe there is a wealth of culture that can be recorded by the same people, in this case, children & adolescents. The children will be selected at random, also who demonstrate interest in the project. No matter if they know how to use the computer or the internet; matter willingness to participate & learn. The community still keeps alive the oral tradition that is at risk for being located a few kilometers of Valladolid, an international tourist center. At present, some children and young people who are studying abroad or who have resources have access to technology. But at the same time, the rural landscape has changed to a more modern practice that counteracts the Mayan language and their customs.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
They recorded video about the social practices like the ceremonies field (milpa), cultural, social practices, celebrations of the village that still remain in the community. Photos will be taken to record the daily life of the community. Also they recorded stories, legends and community knowledge. Children will create capsules of video, podcasts and photo quality, then it will be socialized on the net, after sorting the contents, to present and preserve the traditionos and customs of the community. All content will be shared with other institutions and NGO's who show interest in strengthening and promoting those practices. In the community, the project will distribute the product for distribution and use in schools, libraries, and so on.
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.
For the realization of this project we have established agreements with two elementary schools in the community and telesecundaria middle school on TV), the authority of the town and the Community Learning Center. For promotion and dissemination of the contents we have possibilities of support by the Universidad de Oriente (UNO) from Valladolid, the Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Cultura Maya (INDEMAYA) in the state capital of Yucatán, the Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CDI) with their four indigenous coordination centers and their community radio. We believe that with the support from the educational authorities of the community, and authority and the interest of the children and the support of parents, success is guaranteed.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
It will train 15 children from Elementary School who are in fifth and sixth grade and 5 teenagers in middle school. They were trained in the use of audio recorders and digital camera, audio editing, video and image using free software. They will be pre-selected by teachers in schools in the community, then the project managers will be selected who to integrate the project through direct interview, then will be summon participants parents to have their support and commitment for at least one year, which is the minimum time will the project in the community. We seek to arouse the interest of the participants and awareness of the importance of preserving their language and culture. And later do the same activities in other Mayan communities, to create a network of cultural communities.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
Participants will be trained in the use of a digital camera to capture images and video. also how to use a voice recorder, and transfer files to a computer for editing with free software. For image editing will use: Paint and Gimp; For audio editing will be used: Audacity and for the video editing will be used: Movie Maker. We have experience in editing audio, video and image with various programs (Audacity, Audition, Fireworks, CorelDraw, Gimp, Vegas Video, Pinnacle, Corel Video.) in creating blogs and interactive media, as well as support computer technician.
Reading and Writing in the Mayan Yucatec language, translation and interpretation of texts from Spanish to Mayan and Spanish to Mayan.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
Training workshops will be held in the primary school “Imelda Rivero Azcorra” recently created that has a computer lab with 20 new computers. The school is located at the edge of town and is in excellent condition. Programs that will be used as portable as possible to not install any software on the computers that slow and can leave the children to bring in their USB's programs and work on any computer. After editing the material and are ready to upload to the network, have the support of the Community Learning Center that has Internet connection via modem where each team will have a computer to upload your content.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
Although there is no direct relationship with the community, being cultural promoters have committed to ensure any cultural manifestation of the Mayan people. Popola is a Mayan community with a rich culture and valuable record the activity that takes place every day between its inhabitants. In the absence of any initiative to preserve and disseminate the knowledge community consider to be the ideal for performing this cultural work. In the same way, consider prevailing training children in the use of new technologies and use them for the benefit of culture. A long term commitment is that children who have been trained to train others and continue with the work that we are starting.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
Among the challenges that we will face during the year in which the project is done, we can mention the permanence of the participants. So we've decided to create a responsibility shared between parents, teachers, authorities and us, the project leaders. Each month we will have a meeting with parents to inform their children's progress and also for dissemination in the community of the achievements that will be taking on the project. Seek to interest the media to disseminate and promote the work of the children and make agreements with authorities to encourage participants in both raising awareness of the importance we of their work. But overall, participants awaken interest in this type of work so that later, they carried out similar work with other people and other communities.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
The impact of the project will be measured by the continued participation of the students in the workshops and their interest in continuing to learn and produce, as well as in the interest of other people for the work they will be performing. Take control of visitors we receive on the blog and also the comments made in each of the publications from their own region where the project comes at the state level where the Maya zone is established, at the national level to be Mexican project, and internationally for all those interested in knowing more about the Mayan people. Continued work and upload 15 quality multimedia content in a month will ensure the success of our project.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2013?
FIRST MONTH: Selection of the 20 members of the workshop, meeting with parents, agreement with authorities for use of space, formal presentation in the community to explain the purpose of the community project.
SECOND MONTH: Training in the use of digital cameras, walks for image capture, storage in a image bank for each team (5 teams of 4 people), select images to edit. Creating accounts on Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, Twitter and blog structure.
THIRD MONTH: Training using imaging software (Paint and Gimp) & editing.
FOURTH AND FIFTH MONTHS: Training to use voice recorder, audio recording output. Storage in Sound Bank. Training using the program Audacity & editing.
SIXTH AND SEVENTH MONTH MONTH Training to video capture. Outputs to capture video. Storage in video bank. Training Movie Maker program & editing.
EIGHTH TO TWELFTH MONTH: Content selection and editing of material for project closure.
while participants learn, project leaders will upload the content to the network.
Detail a specific budget of up to $4,000 USD for operating costs.
$ 834 USD. 00 5 digital cameras Samsung st77
$ 248.00 camera Nikon L810
$ 292.00 5 voice recorders REC-845 Steren
$ 200.00 2 sony voice recorders icdpx312F
$ 1,334.00 2 dual core laptop HP 665
$ 275.00 22 ADATA 8GB usb's
$ 667.00 per diem for a year Merida-Valladolid.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
We thought it would be appropriate to continue the project, giving promotion and support where operates Rising Voices for the work to be known in other parts of the world. We truly believe that when we have the potential and sufficient means, the project takes its course and moving firmly.
Alejandra Sasil Sánchez Chan
April 2, 2013