July 16, 2003
Boite des Images
One of the most exciting discoveries during our trip has been the "boite des images", a sort of low-tech predecessor to the Kinkajou. We first heard about the teaching tool from a group of school directors in Siby. Souleymane Sarr at Association Jeunesse Action (AJA) in Bamako was able to demonstrate the actual device, as AJA makes them for the Ministry of Education.
Souleymane and his colleagues immediately saw the connection between their programs and the Kinkajou. We'll be meeting them again next week to discuss the details of a manufacturing partnership between DtM and AJA.
This device features a series of paper images mounted on a long plastic "tape". AJA has produced tape reels for such applications as technical safety training for their apprentice metalworkers and Bambara language instruction tapes for elementary schools.
AJA also has a program called "Bibliotheque Ambulante", or "Walking Library", where they deliver books on loan to rural communities.
Posted by Timothy Prestero at July 16, 2003 01:50 PM