Today I was very happy to see the post about “Village Bloggers” in “Chilliad minds” blog. Please visit http://chiliad-minds.blogspot.com/2007/11/boom-of-village-bloggers.html to read the original post. This is very encouraging. When I first introduced Mahavilachchiya kids and kids from few other villages to blogging sometime back I was in a dilemma as to how would the others look at the kids’ imperfect English. (No one speaks perfect English.) I was kind of scared when I asked them to submit their blogs to Kottu as I feared that the kind of bloggers and visitors of Kottu will ask Indi to remove these kids’ blogs as the kids’ English is not perfect. But today I saw Chiliad minds’ post in Kottu and it is encouraging to see that there are people who are looking at things in a positive way as well. Thanks for encouraging these village bloggers. As Chiliad minds suggests please leave a comment or two in their blogs. Also we need to have volunteers to correct young bloggers’ English as well. If any volunteer is ready for this please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will introduce bloggers from the villages to you. They can send you posts in MS Word and you can use “Track Changes” in MS Word to correct the mistakes so that the kids can understand where they go wrong. Once corrected, you can email the posts back to the relevant student and he can upload the corrected version. This is kind of e-mentoring. (All communication will be cc’ed to the relevant computer center manager in each village and communication will take place under his/her supervision to avoid unnecessary problems.) Please help these students in villages who are struggling with little resources to learn.
Now that these bloggers have seen how blogs work and understood the fundamentals of it, I will encourage them to write on more interesting issues rather than writing about more or less the same subjects. They may need some more time for it. What is exciting about blogging is that these kids who were hesitating to write essays when their English teachers asked them to write in public schools have taken it directly to blogging!!! Hope this will be a revolution in English teaching in rural villages of Sri Lanka soon.