United Nation’s mobile learning specialist Steve Vosloo argues phones could be the future of education on the continent.
(...) While education struggles to cope, mobile communication has grown exponentially. Africa is today the fastest growing and second largest mobile phone market in the world (... with) over 620 million mobile subscriptions
(...) These connections offer an opportunity for education. Already, we are starting to see the beginnings of change. An increasing number of initiatives – some large-scale, some small – are using mobile technologies to distribute educational materials, support reading, and enable peer-to-peer learning and remote tutoring through social networking services.
(...) If mobile learning is to have a real impact, we need to also rethink what we mean by education, schooling and what skills it delivers
(...) In addition to education basics such as literacy and numeracy, the reports says, there will be a need for digital and information literacy, as well as critical thinking and online communication skills. With the guidance of teachers, mobiles provide a medium for developing these skills for millions of Africans who go online ‘mobile first’ or even ‘mobile-only’.