BRAINetwork will create a computer-based user friendly repository and provide minimal guidance to allow children access to specific web content. They are given access to cameras and recorders to collect indigenous data on biodiversity. They will populate their digital repository and eventually share it with indigenous children around the globe.
The challenge is to provide "first mile connectivity" or the first link between the outside world and a community with NO internet access. Instead of expensive sophisticated non-sustainable satellite connections, sustainable connectivity is achieved through a participatory communication approach, via a “store-and-forward “ cached internet access. Web content is delivered upon request after consultation with the indigenous community and the functionality of this system distributes control and ownership to those who use the site.
LONG TERM AIM
The BRAINetwork First Mile Project engages the entire community during the process of information gathering via a simple “low tech” connection to a “high tech” world. It will develop a new brain-based educational paradigm that encourages indigenous children to preserve indigenous knowledge from their perspective without having to sacrifice their values and without compromising their unique world view.