This project tends to create a mobile app with historical and cultural information about the historical city of Lençóis, Bahia, Brasil (protected by Unesco ). We will develop this app together with the youth leaderships at the region and it will help them to increase their digital and historical knowledge. We are sure that locals and tourists using this app will have an easier access to the historical facts and backgrounds of the interesting diamond history. This includes historical houses, museums, churches, squares and main cultural events, etc.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
Lençóis is the main tourist centre of the Chapada, and had, until the 1990’s, diamond mining as the economic base. When diamonds started to run out this sparked a social and economic crisis that intensified with the permanent closure of the mining activity in 1996. Investment was redirected to large and medium-sized tourism businesses, with many offering ecotourism, but mostly do not include the history and culture of the people of the region. Only 40% of the population has a laptop or computer at home. Young people have access to the internet by social projects or by sharing laptops and internet connections. The project proposes involvement of teenagers and young people through a selection to participate a workshop and will receive classes of communication, digital culture and history.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
Lucas Miranda, computer engineer with masters in Computational Modeling and had worked with civil police like projects’ manager (Scrum Master). – facebook.com/moreira.lmo?fref=ts
Tássia Correia is journalist. Actually, she’s publicist at Lençóis’ prefecture and she does specialization in Design Instructional – use of communication strategies and new technologies to make easier learning experience. – facebook.com/tassia.correia
Louise Pita, journalist that works in public institutions, Tv Bahia and also studied audivisual at Spain for 2 (two) years. At Sao Paulo, works with institutional comuniccation and event’s production. – facebook.com/louise.pita.5
Team lives at Lençóis working in projects to help region development in communication and technologies. website – bocapio.com
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
According to the brochure of the Ministry of tourism of Brazil: “the patrimonial interpretation is a continuous process that involves the community in 3 dimensions; the past, the present and the future of the patrimony.
The selected group will create the foundations of the touristic interpretation plan. They will help with the following items:
a) draw a visitor map and using correct historical words and terms.
b) choose appropriate media for the context with efficient messages for the target users.
c) create an inventory and registration of resources, themes and markets
d) propose the design and assembly – choice of media and techniques
e) thinking of management and promotion techniques
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
Existing: Public High School Renato Pereira Vinna Filho (CERPV), Advanced Campus of Feira de Santana's State University (UEFS) at Lençóis, Lençóis’ Education and Tourism Secretariat, Conselho do Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina (PNCD – Governmental Organ that’s protect nature).
Future partnerships: Secretaria Estadual de Cultura da Bahia e Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Iphan), Association Graines de Lumière Amis Européens (AGLAE).
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
This project proposes particularly the involvement of young people. For this, workshops of Communication, Digital Culture and Heritage Interpretation are planned to identify stakeholders in these areas that can integrate a team of development of the app DescubraLençóis as apprentices. The workshops will be held in the State College Vinna Renato Pereira Filho (CERPV), the only high school in the city, to bring the contents of the indicated age group. This phase is the prediction participation of about 200 teenagers.
It will be chosen eight young people between 16 and 25 years will be selected to be trained as apprentices in these three areas.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
Nowadays teens live with applications and widgets that overcomes, and the relationship of the same with computers. According to the National Research by Household Sample Survey in 2011, 41.9% of the respondents in from 10 to 14 years had an own phone, an increase of 12.6 percentage points compared to 2009. The group of people aged between 10 and 17 had the highest percentage increase in mobile ownership between 2009 and 2011, according to the study. Thus, why not put teenagers as not only consumers of applications but also as producers?
The DescubraLençóis application will be an important piece in the set of sofwares being developed by Lucas Miranda to assist in planning and asset preservation.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
It will be used computer lab of Advanced Campus of Feira de Santana's State University (UEFS) at Lençóis. This place have eight table computers with internet acess (rough speed of 1Mbits/seg, ADSL). This space is configured to learning moments and it have a white board and datashow. In addition, it’ll be necessary to buy 5 (five) tablets and 5 (five) smartphones.
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?
“Descubra Lençóis” app it will be a important piece at software sets that are developed by Lucas Miranda to help planning, preservation of natural and cultural heritage of Chapada Diamantina’s region. This will also help to people to give power and technical knowledge. Lucas developed “Controle de Hospedagem” Software, that is used to Lençóis’ prefecture. Lucas is part of research team that winner Edital 23/2013 of Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado da Bahia (FAPESB), with “Mateiros da Chapada” Project. This project is a software that monitors touristic movimenta at Chapada Diamantina. This project is in partner with Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (UEFS) and patronage of Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina (PNCD).
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
The projects expects face to low knowledge about technology in the region, which answer an email it’s a very huge difficult. We also wait to help people to know more about your own city. Most of local population don’t have any idea about history and meaning of buildings to your own city. To help in this point, team is visiting schools and getting closer of children, youths and non-governmental organization. Another difficulty is a huge resistance to local population with people that are from another city. For this problem, team is getting closer local organization and local businessmen. Team is also doing communication and technological services and giving classes to local community at professional formation center.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
It will be done periodical evaluation (individual production and group production) to follow each student’s development. It will be created a practical community and it will be evaluated interaction’s quality between students.
At the end, it will be possible to evaluate app and the quality of the app produced. One hour affter project, it will be evaluated app uses in school classes, numbers of downloads and continuous production of content related with the app. In one year, it will be also possible to evaluate the continuity of practical community and if others youngs beggining to integrate it.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
1. Inscription to workshops and speech – 04/08/2014 to 11/08/2014
2. Colect historical and / or architectural – 11/08/2014 to 05/09/2014
3. Realize workshops about digital culture, comunicattion and patrimonial interpretation with the community – 04/08/2014 to 08/08/2014
4. Preparation of didactic material to workshops and speech – 04/08/2014 to 08/08/2014
5. Workshops of writing communication and photography – 12/08/2014 to 13/08/2014
6. Workshops of Digital Culture and Locative Media – 13/08/2014 to 14/08/2014
7. Speech of Patrimonial Interpretation – 14/08/2014 to 15/08/2014
8. Training at writing communication and photography to teenagers – 18/08/2014 to 19/09/2014
9. Research and information’s survey for patrimonial interpretation – 18/08/2014 to 19/09/2014
10. Training at programming languages and design – 18/08/2014 to 19/09/2014
15. Confection and presentation of the certificate to teenagers – 01/10/2014 to 10/10/2014
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Payment to 3 (three) coordinators to give classes of communication, design and technology – $ 833,33 USD per each one – x 3 + = $2500 USD
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
Rising Voices can help us to make contact with some technological organization to donate 5 (five) smartphones and 5 (five) tablets to help in workshops. A few people in this community have acess to this technological tools.
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