Education, ICT and Sukuaipa Wayuu

Education, ICT and Sukuaipa Wayuu

-, ColombiaRiohacha, Colombia
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Wayuu students team up to produce digital contents by sharing with their communities and an external tutor. They learn to use ICT and explore their culture.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Lifestyle of Wayuu people, the largest indigenous group in Colombia, has been rapidly changing. As they migrate to cities, their traditions and knowledge (they call it Sukuaipa Wayuu) may not survive for next generations despite recent efforts to preserve part of it ( While attributes such as Wayuu naiki language are not practical for urban life, indigenous youth grow up surrounded by an upcoming availability of a global source of knowledge through information and communication technologies. Our challenge is to offer education for Wayuu children that covers their current needs and makes them realize their identity. We want ICT to be used by children and youth to explore, understand and express Sukuaipa Wayuu.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We are looking forward to asking students to comprehend Sukuaipa Wayuu, by encouraging them to carry a dialogue with other community members and external agents and make a film, a website, blogs or similar projects. They would have the tools to build an aesthetic definition of being Wayuu and would then release those views as a new discourse to be shared with their communities. We are expecting to have much attention from students as they have the chance of getting involved in the creation and production of multimedia contents.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

How to plan and make the best out of our resources: First step: To build a network of 10-12 people from arts, media and culture areas. They would be interested in participating as tutors in a five-week residency with a team of school students for the production of digital contents. Second step: To promote leaders and teachers to invite students to make a proposal. The organization would like to have a workshop with those spokesmen so they catch the entire vision of the project. Third step: To assess the proposals and make a wishlist of digital assets such as cameras, recorders, storage units, network devices, software and others that might be needed. Fourth step: Strengthen the most coherent proposals and evaluate the capability of the groups to improve and profit their idea. Fifth step: Select three projects that best comprehend the mission of the project and choose who would be the tutor for each team.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

At the national level, Transformemos foundation is leading the most ambitious project on conservation of minorities languages and cultures with a negro community <>. They focus on the use of the written language as a key to safeguard the culture. The budget of this organization is much larger than ours. Wayuumunsurat is a grassroots organization, members are all directly involved in the improvement of chances for Wayuu children and youth.
About You
Organización Wayuumunsurat
About You
First Name


Last Name

De La Rosa

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Organización Wayuumunsurat

Organization Country

, GJR, Riohacha

Country where this project is creating social impact

, GJR, -

Your role in Education

Social Worker, Other.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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How long has your solution been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Wayuu students will work in teams with their communities and with an external tutor to produce digital contents about their culture.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

We are empowering young indigenous people to strengthen their culture comprehension by using information and communication technologies.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Right now we have involved four people in the brainstorming on the approach and publishing channels of the contents. Three of them are interested in participating as tutors if they are available when the project starts.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

We expect to catch attention from local society on how everyone can make change by taking the right choices, regardless of their position. We would join voices claiming for the State to implement an adequate system for the protection of indigenous peoples through education.

Particularly, we anticipate that Wayuu communities would gather around safeguarding their cultural heritage- Sukuaipa Wayuu. This might be a start point for initiatives using digital media to promote it, with some chances if raising incomes out of it.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

We reckon that as students are making decisions on the contents to be produced, we must be assertive to demand participation of the community, particularly to promote dialogue between generations.

We are relying on teachers and principals to allow students to freely build their projects, although we understand they might hold some doubts on the time being invested in this. Having a coherent product, one that responds to the vision we are offering, is the best argument we have as promoters.

Thus, we are challenged to choose the right projects, the best matches of idea, team, school support and tutor availability. Then, we would make a solid assessment on the development of the project.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Three schools have participated in the project.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Calling for, selecting, training and managing fieldtrips for multimedia tutors for each team.

Task 2

Advising and attending how contents are created and produced.

Task 3

Funding digital devices use and internet access for each team.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

10 schools have participated in the project and 1 decides to implement it permanently.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Making agreements with public agencies to reach more schools.

Task 2

Assessing the first results to overcome mistakes and improve contents quality.

Task 3

Using internet to divulgate the produced contents.

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

In 2010, we were working with Fundación Sociedad Internet in a research project to identify how ICT could be used by Wayuu to safeguard their cultural heritage. While looking for leadership for promoting initiatives that would allow us measure how much ICT could contribute, we realized that adults were not linked to the internet as an opportunities showcase. Instead, younger leaders caught the message and a group teachers proposed students to be the first group to work with. Finally, we are taking that advise.

Tell us about your partnerships

This project is actually looking for support from the Inter-American Development Bank and a mining corporation. Changemakers competition is part of this search for funding.

But we also have a task by organizing the labor of tutors, which are artists, media experts and cultural researchers. They help us to select the best projects and get involved in the creation and production of the contents.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

- Two social professionals dedicated during one month to promote the project and make agreements with the schools. They would then be engaged part time in the logistics of tutors and materials and must encourage deadlines accomplishment.

- A network of about ten to twelve potential tutors, located in different cities of Colombia and Venezuela. Each project would have only one tutor for five weeks, but the network would be always supporting every team.

- The project manager will be in charge of financial and legal duties, leads selection processes and supervise contents and projects.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Any help to strengthen our comprehension of media and ICT use are welcome, from books to mentorships to courses. We are not experts on these issues, just understand how important they are.

We are kind to receiving proposals for joint projects or sharing experiences with other organizations. We might receive residents or interns that are interested in working with Wayuu community.