On Thursday, February 18, 2010, from 10 hours onwards, at the Carrefour des Jeunes de Bamako (Mali), was held a workshop on the "E-TIC Project, Information Hubs for Sahel". Among the workshop participants were over eighty people representing: government departments, administrative services, youth organizations, volunteers, artists, etc.
The main objectives of the activity were:
- Launch of the second phase of E-TIC, as well as the voluntary citizen action planned at the occasion of Mali's 50th anniversary;
- Increase awareness about ICV and E-TIC;
- Encourage the mobilization of ten civil society organizations to get involved in the fiftieth anniversary of the Republic of Mali and its volunteer program;
- Agree on future prospects.
The ETIC project aims to provide tools and training components so that small farmers and herders be better able to sell their products. Through the creation of this portal and a series of training courses for field connectors (youth, women, community radio journalists), the ETIC project aims to provide knowledge relevant for efficient and effective farm management. At the heart of the project: information and communication technologies (ICT), used through a participatory approach. Building a network in the field of agriculture is also an underlying objective of the project. Thus, field connectors are both actors and intermediaries between farmers and new technologies.
The ETIC project, a multi-actor initiative, is coordinated by ICVolunteers. The project is being implemented in Senegal and Mali (Sahel Region), with the support of Fonds Francophones des Inforoutes.
The methodology was participatory and the launch ceremony featured speeches and presentations. The work of the workshop was moderated by a master of ceremonies. They alternated presentation, questions and answers. We used video projection and handouts. Organizing team and all volunteers involved were committed to the successful organization of the event.
The launching ceremony was started under the chairmanship of Mr. Amadou GansirÃ© Bathily, Technical Advisor for Youth, Rap. The ceremony was an opportunity to present three projects: E-TIC - Showcase of Sahel-ICV representing the Minister of Youth and Sports with on his sides the President of ICVolunteers-Mali. as well as officials representing the Ministry of 'Livestock and Fisheries, the City Council of the District of Bamako, the Carrefour des Jeunes, the National Directorate of Youth, National Council of Youth.
The ceremony was marked by the word of welcome and brief presentation on the voluntary citizen action for the Jubilee by Mr. SoumaÃ¯la Bayni TraorÃ©, Chairman of the Board of ICV-Mali. Followed the video presentation of the E-TIC project, on behalf of Ms. Viola Krebs, Executive Director and Founder of ICV, who could not be there in person. HE Mr. Adama Samassekou, Chairman of the Board of ICV Federation and Honorary President of ICV-Mali has sent participants a message of encouragement. The morning was also marked by the intervention of several project partners, including the National Council of Youth of Mali, Tiramakansi.
The inaugural speech of H.E. Mr. Hamane Niang, Minister of Youth and Sports, was delivered by its Technical Adviser who opened the interactive part of the workshop. In his speech, Minister of Youth encouraged the initiative which he said was timely. He then described some actions taken by his department in the field of volunteerism, including the creation of a national administrative structures to involve volunteers in Mali.
For more information about E-TIC, see http://www.e-tic.net.