This reference is very timely and pertinent as there is an interesting project running here in Solomons that is developing a model for indigenous knowledge transfer in this case regarding environment. UNESCO and Ministry of Education are collaborating with some schools in Marovo Lagoon that are connected with a wireless network, OLPC laptops and tools such as the Wikieducator to develop an online version of a local Marovo language Reef and Rainforest encyclopaedia. The top level objective is to promote transmission of IK from elders to young people but the model also supports vernacular and other education policies, provides a demonstration of how ICT can be used in teaching and learning, and demonstrates the power of a collaborative OER approach to developing much needed educational resources which are locally relevant.
The Isabel Learning Network is another example of indigenous communications, utilising community radio, which could be very powerful way of enabling local communities to take ownership of the management of cultural knowledge. FM radio and mobiles together can work towards reaching and involving the majority of people in places such as rural Isabel who cannot or don’t access Internet for various reasons.
We recently floated the idea of a Community Media Forum that would bring groups and initiatives together in a loose affiliation to share ideas, content and skills. The Wordpress site below has been set up – it contains some multimedia archives from the Isabel FM radio stations, to start the ball rolling towards a really rich resource hosting indigenous content. Any groups or individuals working the area of community media are welcome to post articles and content, and join us.
Solomon Islands Rural Link
P.O.Box 652 Honiara, Solomon Islands
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Found this great paper about using ICTs to enhance and strengthen rural indigenous culture and traditions in Malaysia
It comes from the Zunia Knowledge exchange run by the UBN Development gateway
This paper looks at how ICTs have contributed to the social development of a rural indigenous ethnic community. It focuses on the benefits of ICTs in recording and passing on their unique culture and traditions
You can see the description of the paper and download the pdf file from here
We do have some similar initiatives in the Pacific as well, but not many. It must be time to ramp up some projects.
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