Woman from Kobli, Atakora. Photograph by: Jacques Taberlet
Article by: Julia Bello-Bravo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA Elie Dannon, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Benin Tolulope Adebimpe Agunbiade, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA Manuele Tamo, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Benin Barry Robert Pittendrigh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Cell-phone ready educational videos, translated into local languages, are a very recent phenomenon in developing nations. One of the reasons for the emergence of this approach is due to the scarcity of other forms of educational materials with appropriate content for low literate learners. Additionally, the World Wide Web (WWW) has very little to offer in regards to audio-visual training materials that could be used to educate people in their own local languages without the need for literacy. Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) creates and works with local groups to deploy educational videos in local languages facilitating access to information and knowledge to individuals in the developing world. This paper is based on a survey conducted with 83 individuals on the perception of three SAWBO educational animations – neem extracts for insect control, cholera and malaria prevention; and their potential as training tools for health and agricultural extension in Benin.
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