This project will help the Nyala community members to gain perspectives on the role of social media in language and culture preservation. Through a series of workshops, young community members will be trained and involved in documentation and dissemination of their language and culture using digital media and social networking tools such as Video and twitter.The project will produce audio and video documentation of Nyala traditional lifestyle.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
The Nyala tribe is a small fisher indigenous community living around Lake Victoria in Busia County, Western Kenya, numbering about 66,773. Most schools in the area lack trained teachers and literacy materials such as computers and books. The families can’t afford to enroll their children in computer classes because of the high tuition fees. The community is marginalized and excluded from the country's social, economic and political power.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
A total of 1500 item wordlist with example sentences designed to give breadth and depth of syntactic information which will form the basis for developing literacy materials to be used in language classes will be transcribed. Traditional songs and the Nyala oral narrative together with a video footage of important sites, cultural events, and traditional artifacts will also be documented.
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.
We have an existing partnership with the local authority through the area Member of Parliament who has in the past offered us an access to community resources such as event venues. Our relationship with young community members through our ongoing peer education activities has increased our visibility and approachability and will assist in opening this work to young members who might not feel they have a place participating in traditional work.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
This project will be available to young community members aged 18-30 who are mature enough to comprehend the complexity of language and knowledge of their community. A total of five hundred participants with 50% representing women will be interviewed and selected for training sessions. To ensure maximum participation, informal on-the job training sessions will be organized for up to fifty participants per session.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
We will need support in establishing partnerships with other organizations with similar objectives so that the best practises from this project can easily be replicated. We will also require support on capacity strengthening in media advocacy for better human rights programming.
Indigenous Peoples Foundation