MobiLiteracy Uganda: Testing and Proving the Efficacy of SMS with Audio in
Developing Literacy-Rich Home Environments in Central Uganda
MobiLiteracy Uganda will provide daily reading lessons in the local language via SMS and audio technology. One of the most important parts of a child’s literacy is the active involvement of a parent. Lessons will be sent to the primary adult caregiver through mobile devices that they already own and use. Through this widely accessible technology, parents are gently reminded to engage in a literacy development activity with their child. This simple innovation holds the possibility of a tremendous impact on project participation and, therefore, enduring results. Additionally, because the lessons are available through both SMS and audio, even illiterate parents will be able to participate.
The simplicity of the program is part of its innovation and potential for great success. By designing and delivering literacy programs via the mobile phone, MobiLiteracy Uganda bypasses conventional issues of accessibility, high costs of education, and scalability of traditional learning programs.
“It is a fact that in many regions of Uganda, mobile phone accessibility surpasses that of safe drinking water and electricity. The mobile phone is, for many, their window to the world and the primary electronic device in the home. Mobile phones are an affordable technology that is widespread in Uganda already. Harnessing this powerful technology brings learning to parents and their children, and breaks down barriers of accessibility.”
-M. Catherine OliverSmith, JD, MobiLiteracy Uganda Project Manager
For more information about MobiLiteracy Uganda, click here.
Click here to view United Nations report on success of MobiLiteracy
Click here to read an interview with M. Catherine OliverSmith by USAID.
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