Telling our stories directly online and on air will keep us up to date of what is happening elsewhere in the country and in the world at the moment it is happening. By accessing direct television news and give feedback by SMS , internet based communication (Twitter and Facebook) to share with the rest of the country and the world what is happening to the community in daily life at the moment it is happening will improve on overall skills. This will be done by gathering the community before a screen and two computer all connected with TV channel and internet.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
The target group is a population who reached the 7th year of the primary school. In their daily life, the economic activity is small business of selling fruits, food, water, food and water takeaway and porters. They have right to information, they want to be informed about the socio-political and economic life of the country but have no possibility to access the information. That community has contributed to a number of surveys conducted by the organization which were in three areas of focus: gender, rights and education. Among recommendations they gave include access to information as a tool that will help them overcome ignorance, they have no computer skills but have mobile use skills and want computer also with internet familiarity. they just need a training program.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
This project will be implemented by the organization which has appointed: Mr Basabose Michael to implement it with a help of two persons that will be intervening interchangeably.
• The Executive Director: Twitter/nsoecvge
• Michael Basabose: Twitter/mikebba2
• Nsubuga Taddeo: twitter/nsoecvge
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The participants, being informed and increased on their literacy level, will interact in story sharing on line and on air (reacting on television news on internet using social media) as well as being able to share their stories on social media. The story will be on their daily life, their jobs, their relationships with the rest of the world, rule of law, theft in the area and development activities in their environment.
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.
The organization will use this project to campaign and link other projects that the same community benefits on with relevant partners. The organization has started partnering with many organization so as volunteerMatch and others to develop other projects. This project will be then a pilot project and will help to collect information from the beneficiaries’ opinions and stories so that a project proposal may come from them and work for them. On the other hand, the relationship that exist with the community is a link that will help in implementation of the project; this refers to other existing projects in the community.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
The project will train all around 250 participants, they will be watching news and react on it in a room capable to receive up to three hundred, and the organization thinks that every participant will have a chance to use internet and social media as well as a phone call to participate on news reactions and feedback. Their participation will be sustained in the future by other organizations means and networks and by other projects. Internet and television subscription is ensured by the organization to maintain the program from its starting
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
The project will use three tools: screen television and computers: a big screen television connected to TV channels and two computers connected to internet, and one smart phone with a facilitator who will be teaching one after one the use of social media and who will be assisting the participants to give feed back on local or international news accordingly and help in understanding where relevant without underscoring assisting them in telling their stories on Facebook with twitter as a help.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
The workshop will take place at the main hall of the New Styles Secondary School, which is the project of the organization and which has capacity to 500 seats. The facility has electricity and other basic necessary means to implement this project.
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?
The organization is well known due to that it is founded by the community with 50 members from that community, they elect the Board every 3 years, and the Board nominate the Executive Director. The community had started a secondary school whose total responsibility and management was handed to NSOECVGE. The organization has also other project in the community; therefore it is much easy to call upon the community to take part into the organization programs for their benefit. the organization is a community organization, the members of the community are involved in its projects, it works for them and is ruled by them, there is no doubt the relationship with the community is highly considered good
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
The only and big challenge may be that the community may want to participate in exchange of a Per diem, as they are used to receive it in other trainings,
A potential solution is hereby prepared to sensitize fully and in the first ten days, the community will completely be interested as the program will include also other entertainment programs
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
The organization will measure the success of the project when it will see a number of the community members using social media on computer or mobile phones in different programs. The organization has official twitter and Facebook pages. It is not read mainly by the local community, so in the future we want them read it , comment it and post their stories on it. That will determine our success. Every participant will tell a story about his chosen topic at least once a month on social media, and the organization will be there to help.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
General time line
July 2014, campaign of advocacy and initiation to the participants
August 2014 purchase of the material and installation
August 2014 Training and start use
September – December 2014 on going training and usage
December 2014 : First evaluation and report
June 2015 Second evaluation
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Screen Tv (60″= 29.4 (H) x 52.3 (W)) $1200
4 computers (CPU and Screens) $1200
cable and networking in the room $100
the organization will ensure the internet and tv channels subscription
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
NSOECVGE Uganda expects from Rising Voices a follow up program and support in terms of expertise, online tutorials, advocacy and connecting to other potential donors.
Expertise and follow up: The organization expects that RIsing voices will check the organization twitter and facebook, posts, comments, share our stories, which will be purely local from the community.
Mr Basabose Michael
New Styles of Environmental Conservation via Gender Equity NSOECVGE Uganda