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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Afghan women learn through mobile phones

Afghanistan has launched a new literacy programme that enables Afghan women deprived of a basic education during decades of war to learn to read and write using a mobile phone.

The phone is called Ustad Mobile (Mobile Teacher) and provides national curriculum courses in both national languages, Dari and Pashto, as well as mathematics.
 

Photo: Afghanistan Today

All the lessons are audio-video with writing, pronunciation and phrases installed in Ustad Mobile phones -- and they are distributed free to students.


Photo: Paiwastoon

Sitting on a carpet in a small Kabul classroom with a handful of women learning to read and write, 18-year-old Muzhgan Nazari said the Taliban, who banned schooling for girls during their rule, were in power when she should have started her education.

The free app can be installed on all mobile phones with a memory card slot and a camera. Individual lessons, which will also be made available on the ministry of education website, will teach new words and phrases.
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Related links
The ABC gets mobile (Afghanistan Today)
Paiwastoon

Source: Peninsula On-line


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