I am not the only one

25 Apr

Reading my blog you can feel that I am being to idealistic on the effectiveness of using cell phones as a learning tool.

I am well aware of the difficulties that these initiatives can faced as energy needs or economic reasons. This thoughts do not discourage me because I really believe that this devices can be used more than only to communicate people.

I just found a study that support all my positive support to this kind of initiatives. As the researchers said, and I agree, mobile phones are not “silver bullet” to address development issues but if you use them in the context of initiatives or under some conducted methods it is a really helpful tool to improves people quality of life.

The study called “Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa” it did not only talk about the learning initiatives, but it explain it usage in health, agricultural and other activities and how the cell phone helped to improve this conditions. Making the difficulties only a little bump on the road compare with it achievements.

If you want to read this investigation, click the picture:


2 Responses to “I am not the only one”

  1. Lauren B. May 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

    This is a very interesting concept that people are now exploring new modern methods to gain education and improve literacy via a cell phone. Literacy is a skill that many people in the developing regions, like Africa, lack and the access to education for women are slim. This campaign can definitely be targeting women whom face less opportunities then men to go to school. And using a cell phone is a unique way to educate and combat this issue. Maybe this is the new wave of future education in poor regions, making it easily accessible? What factors make this campaign successful in Africa? is there cases where it has failed?

    • graciabulnes May 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM #

      As I mentioned on the last blog, we cannot expect everything from a Cell Phone, but all the new initiatives that are being created using it as a developing tool, from literacy to community building, makes me believe that this a new wave of helping in need or isolated people.

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