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Let’s Get Informal: Mobile Phones for Adult Basic Education in West Africa « Educational Technology Debate

There has been a heavy bias toward funding primary and formal education for young people in Africa, while adult education has been largely ignored. Adult literacy programs in West Africa have been called ineffective over the long run, short-lived, and largely impractical. As a result, there has been a marked reduction in the World Bank’s financial support of adult literacy programs since 1990. Yet there is a great need. Fewer that 30 percent of all adults in Niger are literate; literacy rates among women are nearer to half of that percentage.

Overall, students demonstrated substantial improvements in literacy and numeracy test scores, suggesting that the adult literacy curriculum is effective in increasing learning. Students in ABC (mobile phone literacy) villages showed substantial additional gains in numeracy exam scores…

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This entry was posted on June 8, 2012 by in Africa & Internationalization.
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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