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Mobile Literacy Initiatives in Zambia

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The number of mobile phone accounts worldwide is approaching six billion. For every individual who goes online from a computer, two more do so from a mobile device.  Even where schools and computers are scarce, people still have mobile phones. Africa alone will account for some 735 million subscriptions by late 2012. A majority of Africans have individual access to an interactive information and communication technology for the first time in history.

Because mobile phones are everywhere and have so many functions, UNESCO is committed to better understanding how they can support learners, teachers, and entire education systems, particularly where educational opportunities are scarce. Around the world, the evidence for mobile learning is mounting, as described in a new UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning.

Along with providing concrete examples, the series shows how mobile technologies can respond to educational challenges in different contexts; supplement and enrich formal schooling; and make learning more accessible, equitable, and personalized.

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