PENC REEWMI or “public space” in the Wolof language of Senegal is a digital and cultural education program available through an online network of experiential exchange for information sharing.
It is an initiative brought forth by the SFN, the international association for Francophone solidarity for digital technology. The association chose Senegal as the pilot location for the promotion of traditional and modern knowledge and skills and the acceleration of the emergence of an agriculturally based economy through digital technology.
The goal of the PENC REEWMI project is to work toward valuing the knowledge and skills from rural and agricultural sectors by providing these sectors with the opportunity to access and contribute to the existing information, knowledge andnetworks. They will also be able to benefit from the significant capacity for development in the agricultural sector provided by ICT. The PENC REEWMI program will facilitate the emergence of a new link to productivity through information circulation. The project will also promote the creativity of each region in a transparent way and thus protect and encourage cultural expression and originality in each community through digital technology
The goal of the PENC REEWMI program is to contribute to the promotion of the agricultural sector and to relationships between stakeholders. The project will thus:
*Promote the diffusion and accessibility of knowledge;
*Increase the volume and efficiency of communication and relationships between stakeholders in this sector particularly, by facilitating the emergence of collective projects;
*Improve the representation of farmers within regional, national, and international bodies;
*Create online training tools and information through mass media (in regional languages and French).
The program will develop and produce audio-visual content of educational and cultural value to enrich a collaborative network. In order to make this exchange of information interactive, a national skill sharing network will be established to facilitate the diffusion of methods developed by any given community or region to political stakeholders and the general public. The goal is to transplant this strategy of diffusion of tools and methods in other Francophone countries.
The observation that, in this digital age, citizens must be responsible and active players in the community. This, along with the necessity to contribute to bringing together farmers and promoting the agricultural industry, sparked the development of the PENC REEWMI project.
The PENC REEWMI program is based on a business model that aims to ensure its continuity and evolution. This project is based on three levels of financing:
1. The first major steps for the advancement of this project are made possible through external, public, and private funding.
2. Technical support requested from the members of the SFN, the association that initiated the project.
3. The continued existence and survival of this project depends on the human and financial involvement of the steering committee. They also depend on the participation of various stakeholders, professions, methods, and regions of intervention (members of the SFN, project partners, and beneficiary partners). This model guarantees the basic viability of the program because it ensures the involvement of all players relevant throughout the life of the project.