MOPHILE: Mobile phones to increase literacy rate
Use the mobile phone to increase literacy rate in those countries where mobile penetration is greater than literacy rate.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
In some countries, mobile penetration is greater than literacy rate!!!
Increasing the literacy rate will benefit every aspect of a community, including urban slum communities, impacting everyday life, as well as resilience in the event of disasters: Better communication, better understanding of risks, available helping measures, best practices to be proactively prepared.
The overall literacy rate in 10 countries included in the urban resilience challenge eligible countries list is below 60%. The striking insight is that mobile penetration is greater than the literacy rate in 19 of the eligible countries.
Our idea is to use the mobile phone to increase the literacy rate. Each time a o person has to use the telephone, after unlocking it, a learning challenge that can be solved really fast is presented. As you play, the telephone learns your level and presents new challenges according to it. Gamification is a key aspect: sharing with friends and enjoyability.
For most languages, there are 750 words used widely and every day. Unlocking the phone 10 times a day could make you learn a substantial part of those 750 words in a relative short time. Some apps, such as DuoLingo, successfully use this technique to help people learn foreign languages.
There are smartphones below 40$ on the market, and projects with a target price below 10$. With those numbers, some countries and/or organizations can subsidize (or even give away?) the mobile terminals.
This is a very long term project and the benefits will be in the long term. The beneficiaries are the people using the smartphones to increase their literacy rate and overall education level, and the communities hosting them.
The initial target country to implement the idea is Nepal. Literacy rate is 66%, mobile penetration 83%, the government is already running plans to increase literacy rate and the socio-political situation is stable.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
On the side of urban slum communities: Mobile penetration is greater than literacy in some countries. This is a fact. Moreover, mobile penetration grows faster than literacy.
On the side of authorities of those communities and the countries where they belong: Authorities are setting policies to increase literacy rate
On the side of global context: UNESCO recognizes literacy is a right and advocates about the benefits of literacy ("Education for All. Global Monitoring Report", UNESCO, 2006).
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
Engineer, climber, curious.
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