Digital Content by Out-of-School Youth
Byline: Florangel Rosario Braid
A UNIQUE feature of a pilot project for out-of-school youth in Barangay Payatas is a community-based digital content development. It is part of the project on eKnowledge Public Domain Information (eKPD) supported by UNESCO together with the Commission on Information and Communication Technology and Intel.
Health protocols in treating tuberculosis, preventing and treating dengue epidemic, parasitism, and diarrhea are the four topics of the interactive multimedia materials produced by 14 out-of-school youth after a month-long training. The training program enabled the participants to produce information tools on priority health concerns while at the same time learning the basics of computing.
Content development is usually the missing element in most ICT programs. Present acivities primarily focus on equipment acquisition and learning the basics of using a computer. To prepare the interactive materials, the community participants conducted a community appraisal on the health situation in the area. They documented actual health cases and gathered the latest health statistics from the community health center and interviewed local health officials, parents and community members as well. The CDs produced will be integrated in the eKnowledge Public Domain websaite which also consists of text-based website information sourced from public domain and open source content. The CD materials will be shared with about 100 community e-centers established by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) in various municipalities nationwide. Several NGOs have also established their own community e-centers.
It is hoped that the local government would continue to support this initiative so that it can be sustained. As the participants (who were computer illiterate at the beginning) attest, the experience opened their eyes to opportunities that they had not anticipated earlier. …