UNESCO-Pearson announces winters of “Initiative for Literacy: Improved Livelihoods in a Digital World”

The winners of UNESCO-Pearson’s call for case studies on “Initiative for Literacy: Improved Livelihoods in a Digital World” were announced in the end of May 2017. The organization received 130 applications from 60 countries and selected 14 case studies to promote innovative digital solutions for incorporating low-literate youth and adults into the digital economy and knowledge society. The digital solutions are related to topics that include e-services for health, agriculture, government, climate change, migrants and refugees.

Through these solutions, it is expected that a broader set of the population can access technology through simple channels to enhance their productivity and well-being. For example, 3-2-1 Service will support access to information through local-language audio based channels in mobile phones from African low-literate users. In the case of government engagement, MOPA will provide citizens from Mozambique with a simple digital monitoring platform to communicate with the Maputo municipality and report waste issues.

UNESCO will collaborate with the finalists to develop their case studies, which will be later presented at the International Literacy Day on September 8, 2017 with the theme “Literacy in a Digital World.” After gathering the final projects, the UNESCO-Pearson initiative will work to develop guidelines to support digital solution providers and governments to better leverage technology to empower low-literate people.

 

Source: Malaysia Sun