Will mobile phones teach the world to read?


According to data on Global Dashboard the number of mobile phone subscriptions in Africa could soon be greater than the number of literate people. So what does this mean? What happens when it is no longer the access to technology that is the barrier to mobile communication and information, but the ability to read? Either the adoption of mobile technology will stagnate because of the literacy barrier or, as we suspect, people will learn the basic literary skills required in order to operate mobile phones and, given access to the right support, may in time gain better literacy skills. Can mobiles teach the world to read? The possibility is there.

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