Nokia launches phone app to improve literacy skills

STAFF REPORT KHI: Nokia and UNESCO Pakistan have launched a basic literacy application eTaleem for Nokia phones, that allows people to easily access lessons for Urdu reading, phonetics, word synthesis, sentence making, and basic math.

The application can be downloaded on most affordable Nokia S40 devices, says a press release issued here.

The learning content to Nokias eTaleem app is based on UNESCOs learning DVDs designed and tested in community learning centres across Pakistan. By enabling access to the high quality educational material via affordable mobile phones, Nokia broadens the reach of the UNESCO trainings to rural areas, supporting continued learning after the community classes attendance comes to an end.

“It is a great opportunity for post-literate learners, as using this application on mobile phone and in Urdu, will keep them intact with reading and writing skills,” said Kozue Kay Nagata, Director and Representative of UNESCO Pakistan.

In his remarks, Ulrike Vott, Nokias Regional Sustainability Manager for ME and Africa, said, “Mobile learning can enrich and enhance learning opportunities for all. These mobile learning tools host a great potential to make a real difference in peoples lives, giving them easy access to quality education.”

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