Friday, October 20, 2006

Indigenous People and ICT

Go to the Indigenous People and ICT website.


Through its project "ICT for Intercultural Dialogue: Developing communication capacities of indigenous peoples" (ICT4ID) UNESCO aims to foster the creation and dissemination of local content reflecting the values of indigenous peoples’ communities and cultures.

In 2004-2005, ICT4ID launched five pilot projects involving eleven indigenous communities: the Bakoyas, the San and the Himbas in Africa, and the Quechua, Lecos, Tsimanes, Esse Ejjas, Mosetenes, Tacanas, Baures and Aymaras in Latin America. The main goal of these projects is to encourage the production of indigenous cultural content for the audiovisual and new media by providing training to community members on the use of ICT.

Indigenous People and Information Society

UNESCO welcomes activities which create and reinforce the indigenous media. In particular, UNESCO supports the following initiatives by indigenous societies and NGOs:
* organisation of regional training programs and an annual international seminar;

* projects to develop media resources and to encourage dialogue, financed by the IPDC, the Participation Program or funds-in-trust;

* providing educational and learning resources via the Internet for the benefit of journalists and media practitioners (i.e. the creation of a web site dedicated to communication and journalism, in cooperation with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and indigenous organisations).

Click here to read the booklet: "UNESCO and Indigenous Peoples: Partnership to Promote Cultural Diversity".

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