Technology in the village: A radio station created in the village with mp3 and memory card

Here is an innovation technology which allows the villagers to get in distance on FM, the music that a neighbor is playing on memory card.

How is it made?

We insert in an MP3, a memory card containing pieces of music and we check the pieces of music on the card as we check FM radios frequencies.

Once the music got on the card by the radio well, the neighbors can listen the same pieces of music with in distance their radios even small.

Due to the lack of electricity in villages, the MP3 and the radio are connected to a battery.

I would like to develop that system in some Ségou village for some different purposes:

– Inform and make sensitive the rural people on the advantages of sending children to school, especially, girls

– Inform the rural populations about the contagious diseases and about their dangers on the society

– Record the African traditional songs which are of disappearing and make them listen to young generations

– Record tales, proverbs and stories of the village for the young generations

– Create songs tales competitions between small children of the villages, record and plays these songs tales in the village. The winners will get gifts for their works.

– The initiative is here, but needs some means to realize it:

–  Solar panel as source of electricity

–  A battery

– A big tape recorder

– A MP3

– And memory cards

 

 

 

Learning to use cameras

Yesterday, after much time of learning computer, sms and Internet in cybercafé center, the participants and I went to walk near the river Niger in Dioro. It was about to go to learn how to use cameras to make pictures and videos.

In villages, we always see this small device with tourists and projects people but, more people don’t know how to use it even if we always have curiosity to touch it. One of the purposes of this training is to teach to participants how to make photos and videos and use them in posts on blogs.

Each participant, with a camera, discovered the manner we use it. Every one made photos. When we have been back to the cybercafé center, they learnt how to transfer photos from cameras to computer, how to modify them and send them as files by mail to some others. They also learnt how to use pictures into post in blogs.

 

The participants use sms, word and twitter

Together with all the learners, we find a simple and fast manner to send information from villages through sms. The learners also learnt how to write posts on word for those who have access to Internet connection in their services or cybercafés. To send informations en pictures through Internet, we create count mails for all the participants so that since Ségou and surrounding villages, some can use sms and some can use Internet.

As twitter is very important in share instant informations, in getting contact with people all over the world, we create twitter account for some participants. You can follow them here: @fasokan, @alassanD, @ycoulibaly, @hamidoud111, @dembloumar, @diarraseydou, @Dtraore, @kassoumD

As we work on Internet connection key USB, we have been obliged to divide participants in for group of work around for computers with for key USB connection. Each group is leaded by a participant who has got a better level than the others.

I would like you to follow us and participate to our events through these counts.

Internet and sms formation in Dioro village

Today, the 18th of June, the Ségou villages connection project members in a very old mammywagon went toward Dioro by a very bumpy road. We were 6 persons from Ségou, Cinzana  and Zambougou with our luggage because we will take much time there: about 8 days.

Dioro is a rural village far of 70 km from the town of Ségou. We arrived in Dioro at about 9. After getting contact with some villagers who conducted us to see the local authorities, we begin things in a cybercafé we found in that village and on Internet mobile we carried with us: a panel solar, a battery, two computers, four Internet connection keys USB and some digital camera devices.

After explaining the aims of segou villages connection through Ségouinfos, more people appreciated the initiative and took part to the formation. Some learners laready knew a little how to use computer but, didn’t know how to use internet for their needs.

Today’s formation has been to teach people how to write posts, how to take picture and videos and how to publish posts on blogs. You will find all these post written by leaners on Segouinfos tomorrow.

We also create a count mail for every learners and teach them how to do that.

Some other people joined us this afternoon to ask if they can participate to that formation they find very interesting. According to them, they like working on Internet but, they don’t know how and that will be an occasion for them to discover Internet a lot and share infos with other through sms.

We are very happy for having chosen that village because we have been very welcome by people.