Jan 21, 2015
I would like to find out how we can reach the millions who have no access to the internet, many of whom are illiterate, but whose voices need to be fed through to those of us who have the tools, like Web 2 and 3.
Does anyone have information about systems which are used on the ground through intermediaries such as mobile phones for example, or radio - to get voices through?
There are some, such as Ushahidi (which I'm checking out at the moment - thanks PulseWire for this alert): http://www.ushahidi.com/about-us
Another one is a programme, using mobile phones as source of information, is called Jamiix developed by the Helsinki Deaconess Institute who are looking for new methods for finding young people who are at a risk of social exclusion and marginalisation. They partnered withAalto University, and youth services in South Africa.
The Jamiix counselling service, which was developed in Cape Town is seen as a tool to help youth workers get in contact with young people who have been stuck in their homes or in some other way remained outside society - for one reason or another. They use their mobile phones anonymously to contact youth workers. The phones are apparently security guarded so their parents and drug users do not have access.
In its home country South Africa, Jamiix has been a success. Up to half a million young people are using the service, reports Marlon Parker , the founder of the Jamiix counselling service.
”The entire project started from a certain school, where ten pupils began to use it. Then the word started spreading, and now we have a huge number of users”, Parker notes.
Are there any other such platforms which anyone knows about, please?
I wish you nangamso, that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well
(a blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa)
Monica Clarke (Ouma Monica). Writer & Storyteller, bringing Human Rights alive. Email firstname.lastname@example.org