Creating Sustainable Educational Outreach Campaigns
Sustainable progress is the pursuit of social, environmental, and economic prosperity for our current generation and the rising generation. As I have been conducting research on Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda, I have uncovered the key to creating sustainable, culturally responsive, and equitable strategies that work on adopting the local language, respecting cultures, and cherishing the customs of communities. For instance, while coordinating and conducting stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and surveys, I noticed the participants frowning, fidgeting with their fingers, and desperately looking for an exit. It almost seemed like my questions were causing feelings of discomfort rather than consensus and a collaborative spirit. So I began to work with my team to answer the following questions: How does our research project tap into people’s experiences and expertise? How do we adjust the language of the interview according to the respondents? After a few trials and tribulations, we began integrating culturally relevant phrases which are employed in local conversations. In turn, we began receiving stories and detailed encounters from the villagers as they were able to understand and answer our questions. Here are a few adjustments we made to our questionnaires: Western Phrases (Culturally Disconnected Phrases) Local Terms (Culturally Relevant Phrases) Tuition School Fees Middle School or High School Primary or Secondary School Studying Class Materials Revising Subjects At-home chores Grazing, Gardening, Collecting Water, and/or Molding Bricks COVID-19 Pandemic or Corona The practice of eliciting detailed answers from respondents and securing their trust starts with adjusting the project’s language according to the...