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

 

 

 

The first Internet and SMS training in Cinzana-Gare

The lack of means of information and communication in the rural areas is one of the reasons that many events and good initiatives of development stay hidden. Villages abound in events, in traditions, in customs, in culture which deserve to be known by the others. To take up this challenge of information and communication in rural areas in Mali and for first time, in the Region of Segou is the main objective aimed by the Segou villages Connection Project.

Segou Villages Connection is a project of local site information to bind the Malian cities and the villages of Segou in the field of information and communication and in raising sensitization.

It is in this frame that took place in Cinzana-Gare on Sunday, May 1st, 2011, a session of information and relay training in certain villages of Segou. Certain relays were not able to be present this wedding day in Mali, especially the women, but the training will be continual and the group widens as we work continues.

The information concerned the necessity of the connection of cities and villages in the cases of information, communication and in raising awareness, the discovery of Internet in the village through the connection 3G, sites of information, social networks, immediate messaging systems.

The training concerned the modalities of sending news to the blog administrator and moderator by SMS and by mammy-wagons by the participants in the diferent villages and how to create a system of feedback between the readers and the villagers.

At the end of this training, a very courageous team has been made to send news by SMS before each of them have their own computer, solar panel, batteries and mobile Internet. This team won’t take will always connect you to rural news.