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Youth Win Prizes in Contest Organized by Nepalese Community Multimedia Centre

17-05-2004 (New Delhi)
Youth Win Prizes in Contest Organized by Nepalese Community Multimedia Centre
Ram, a young man from Tansen, a hill station in the western part of Nepal, is the winner of the first computer drawing competition that was recently held in the Community Multimedia Centre there, that houses a pilot project for marginalised people under UNESCO’s programme “Putting ICTs in the Hands of the Poor”.
“All my friends saw the picture and congratulated me for being a winner and getting the prize. I could not believe that I could draw so well on the computer. When I told my parents and neighbours about it they became so happy and congratulated me. I am very much grateful to CMC not only for this competition but also for giving me the chance to be a student here. For me it was impossible to take all these trainings in other institutes because of my poor economic condition. The centre has given chance for the poor people like me”, writes Ram in his diary.

The winners of the other prizes also belong to poor and often female-headed households. For them the small cash award is a great morale booster. Because for the first time they can take some money back home and also give their friends a small ‘treat’.

“I was making plans for maximum students’ participation in the centre. Due to the political crisis and due to some technical problem nowadays there is low participation. It is a challenge trying to make new and interesting programmes with the limited resources for the attendees. They are expected to make programmes after the video training but they do not get a chance to use the camera a lot” says the researcher-coordinator at the centre.

“One of the needs of the students was “Office Package Training course” which we provided to them at a minimum cost. So, we planned to run some extra activities like competition programmes in drawing and distribute prizes. It enthused the students a lot and we hope to organise other competitions like digital still photography, best anchoring, and best scriptwriter in the near future.”, he says.

The Tansen initiative in Nepal is a pilot for innovating media alternatives for marginalised people and caste groups. It focuses on the youth from these groups, who need platforms to express themselves and find information that is relevant to their lives. In this initiative, participants are trained in both ICT skills and media production skills.

This initiative is part of UNESCO’s programme in south Asia “Putting ICTs in the Hands of the Poor” that presents several innovative ideas. It takes as its point of departure a definition of poverty that is not merely based on measurable economic terms but as a lack of voice and power, a lack of access to crucial resources. Ethnographic action research in this initiative, which includes several qualitative methods, creates the possibility of understanding better the impact of the intervention on poverty. In the repertoire of methods in this approach, field notes form an important part.
Youth Win Prizes in Contest Organized by Nepalese Community Multimedia Centre
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      · News Archives - 2004
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