Vernacular is a set of reading activities that Zambian primary students can complete using android tablets. The software is designed to be customized with local language, artwork and sound recordings, at very little cost, so it can be rolled out in other Bantu languages within both Zambia and sub-Saharan Africa. Vernacular represents an excellent tool to improve literacy, as it provides learners with the opportunity to practice their reading skills, receive immediate feedback, and also watch their peers do the same, at low cost per user.
Technology has proven to be one of the missing links in order to guarantee educational and workforce improvement in developing countries. The Honduras METAS Project is now generating technology applications and creating an impact in the global education community through the use of innovative technologies and high-impact solutions.
Mobile phone platform brings m-learning to Malian youth
December 11, 2013
Like other Malian youth, Mariam Coulibaly enjoys using her mobile phone to call family and friends and to listen to music. But today, she is using her phone in a different way: to practice reading and writing in her own language—Bambara.
The Education Development Centre, Inc. (EDC), an international NGO based in the US, will soon introduce mobile libraries to simplify easy access to text books in Rwanda. The five-year project will be implemented in collaboration with the Peace Corps, a US volunteer service organization, and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) at a cost of $20 million.
For two decades, Mali has enjoyed remarkable political stability characterized by four rounds of peaceful presidential and legislative elections and the proliferation of civil society organizations and private media outlets. In this sense, the country has been something of an anomaly in a sub-region where neighbors have been plagued by political repression and an absence of democratic freedoms.