Empowering rural women in Kenya with literacy skills using web 2.0

Abstract. The purpose of this paper is to illuminate ways in which language and communication related barriers may be experienced in learning. Because of increased ICT usage, Project Africa’s Women’s Academy, that is in focus of the research, felt that some issues regarding language and communication appeared in another way than without such usages. The research was conducted in Lunga-Lunga, Kenya, November, 2009 and through Internet communication (e.g. logs, letters stored in a social networking site). To capture ‘experiences’, the paper mainly draws from literature on ICT and Joseph Kaipayil’s ontology. The point is to collect individual experiences and discuss them jointly with the notion of experiences. The results show, e.g., that many barriers arise because of cultural diversities among the learners; e.g. difference ways of employing concepts and regard the objects in the world. In making policies, therefore, account must be taken on a local and individual level as well as on a transnational and collective level.

Muhtasari. Madhumuni ya nakala hii ni kuungazia vizingiti dhidi ya lugha na mawasiliano katika mafunzo. Kwa ajili wa utumiaji zaidi wa teknologia mpya wa habari  na mawasialiano, Shule ya akina  mama iliyoanziswa na shirika la Project Africa kuafundisha masomo ya watu wazima.Utafiti huu  ulifanywa katika eneo la Lunga-Lunga, Kenya mnamo Novemba 2009 na kwa kupitia njia ya mtandao wa  internet ambapo barua na ripoti zilikaguliwa kutoka kwenya SNS. Ili kuangazia ujuzi na maarifa ripoti hii imenukulu maandishi ya teknologia katika sector ya habari na mawasiliano na nakala zalizochapishwa na Joseph Kaipayil. Mandumuni kuu ni kuangazia maarifa na ujuzi wa kibinafsi na kwa ujumla.

Résumé. Le but de cette article est d’éclairer la façon dont les barrières de la langue et de la communication liées á “l’expériences” et l’apprentissage. En raison de l’utilisation des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) a augmenté, Women’s Academy (l’Académie des femmes) de Project Africa, qui est en centre de la recherche, a estimé que certaines questions relatives à la langue et de la communication semble d’une autre manière qu’en l’absence de tels usages. La recherche a été menée dans la Lunga-Lunga, Kenya,en 2009 le mois Novembre á travers la communication de l´ Internet. Afin de caputuré des ‘expériences’, l´article s’inspire essentiellement de la littérature sur les TIC et l’ontologie pour Joseph Kaipayil. L’idée est de collecter les expériences individuelles et de les discuter conjointement avec la notion d’expériences.

Keywords: communication barriers, social learning, intercultural learning, Kenya, language acquisition, language barriers, literacy skill, web 2.0


Hallberg, D. and Wafula, L. (2010) Empowering rural women in Kenya with literacy skills using web 2.0: experiences of language & communication barriers in learning, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Africa, March 25-27, Yaounde, Cameroon. Baton Rouge, LA: International Center for IT and Development.

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