dot-EDU currently has two pilot activities that address the health and literacy needs of migrants through the use of video technology in Thailand, Laos and Burma:
Low Cost Technologies for Semi-literate Mekong Girls - Thailand/Laos
The Low-cost Technology for Semi-literate Mekong Girls intiative is a pilot activity designed to gauge the success of applying a versatile video compact disc (VCD) technology to meet critical learning needs of young girls who cross the Mekong River from Laos in search of a more exciting and financially rewarding life in Thailand. It is funded under the dot-EDU Leader Award, which focuses on the use of technology to improve access and quality of education to those living in developing countries, especially girls and women. For more information read an article about the challenges facing migrant girls in the Mekong region.
ICTs for Participatory Health and Livelihood Skills Training - Thailand/Laos/Burma
ICTs for Participatory Health and Livelihood Skills Training is a pilot activity funded under the dot-EDU Leader Award. The pilot is designed to harness new digital camera technologies to help cross-border migrants learn basic health and livelihood skills that can improve their well-being even under the harsh realities stateless migrant experience. Community-based facilitators are taught how to lead interactive group discussions among marginally-literate neighbors and friends. Each target population learns how to critically assess local health and livelihood practices while collaboratively constructing their own models of best practices. To learn more, read the fact sheet for this activity.