Rural Hygiene in Africa: Nakaseke Virtual Reality (UNESCO Public@ Series of public domain)
Uganda, Nakaseke (about 60 km north west of Kampala)
Target groups/ literacy levels
Children and youth
Literacy: Illiterate and literate people
Aim and content of the application
This application is a computer-based training and awareness raising on good water sanitation practice for rural communities in East Africa.
It simulates a traditional homestead in Nakaseke with houses, bathing areas, kitchens, pit latrines, water collection, domestic animals in a 3D and interactive environment.
The user moves around in the simulated environment and activates the areas of his/her interest (e.g. the bathing area, and investigates objects, e.g. picks up a fruit).
When an item is activated the user is informed by a voice about the good sanitation practises connected to this specific area. In some cases video clips are also shown on how to perform specific tasks.
The use of graphical images, sounds and local languages enhances the impact of the message.
3D Studio Max software
EON Studio software
Video footage and background sounds have been captured with a JVC digital video camera.
3D software development tools enable to create simple computer based training applications that simulate a specific learning environment and communicate the message using a range of multimedia techniques rather than text.
The application requires at least 100 MB storage space on the hard disk.
Self/ group learning
The 3D and multimedia techniques provide an individualized and non-linear approach to the learning material.
The application can however also be used as a first introduction to computers as it creates a familiar local environment in images and sounds.