Published on July 4th, 2012 | by Bilal Sulehri1
UNESCO And Nokia Launch Phone Application To Improve Literacy Skills
Nokia has teamed up with UNESCO to launch a literacy application, “eTaleem” for Nokia phones. eTaleem has been developed by Lakson Business Solutions for Nokia and is a component of “Mobile Literacy training for Literacy Training of Rural Female Adults”, which is a UNESCO project. The basic literacy app will allow users to access lessons for:
- Urdu reading,
- Word synthesis,
- Sentence making, &
- Basic mathematics
Using mobile phones as a learning tool can accelerate the learning process for many who do not have access to learning tools available in the urban areas, but the effectivity of this app will be judged after it has been rolled out and UNESCO completed the project. In our opinion, the app itself cant be used by illiterate users as they should be able to at least read Urdu to use the app and get something out of it.
Kozue Kay Nagata, Director and Representative of UNESCO Pakistan said:
We are really appreciative of Nokia enabling access to our contents of basic literacy via a modern mobile phone application. It is a great opportunity for our post literate learners, as using this application on mobile phone and in Urdu language, will keep them intact with reading and writing skills and making literacy skills relevant to 21st century life demands.
Ulrike Vott, Nokia’s Regional Sustainability Manager for Middle East and Africa said:
Mobile learning can enrich and enhance learning opportunities for all. In remote areas or places where accessing education materials can be difficult, Nokia tools such as eTaleem or Nokia Education Delivery – which are both, used within the UNESCO project – can bridge the digital divide. These mobile learning tools host a great potential to make a real difference in people’s lives, giving them easy access to quality education.
The complete list of compatible devices, Installation Procedure and the eTaleem application can be downloaded from UNESCO eTaleem page.