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Free literacy app for women in Afghanistan

by Shruti Modi

In Free literacy app for women launched in Afghanistan for Wired, Liat Clark discusses a free mobile app being used in Afghanistan.

The software, which teaches two languages — Dari and Pashto — and has mathematics tutorials, is targeting the country’s 18 million mobile contract subscribers — a fair chunk of its 30.4 million-strong population. All a user needs to use it is a smartphone with a memory card slot and a camera — lessons are mainly audio or video based, with preset phrases installed to teach pronunciation. Slides with symbols and words will pop up, and there are clips of teachers then writing these on a board and speaking. Many of the lessons will also be available on the Ministry of Education’s website. [more]