The potentials of cloud computing has recently been reflected as a perfect fit medium for ICT for Literacy (ICT4Literacy). In rural and remote parts of the earth where books and physical materials for education and literacy is hard, digitizing stuffs bring in the potential. Cloud computing has found a way to improving literacy in Africa, reports euroafrica-ict.org.
Digital contents help deliver eBooks and news information fast to the citizens of the world. However, citizens need tablets or other electronic gadgets to grab the information, which is sadly of low penetration in most parts of the Africa. However, with e-readers and mobile phones people can go easy with cloud based digital contents.
A book app launched by Worldreader, an education and literacy charity, is trying to access this potential. The app contains thousands of free books, from romance novels to mathematics textbooks. But rather than running on the latest smartphone, it is designed for the feature phones and overcrowded 2G networks of much of Sub-Saharan Africa. The app can be accessed through biNu, a free mobile software platform that gives users access to cloud-based internet services and apps. ~ euroafrica-ict
This demonstrate how cloud computing based apps can deliver digital literacy to improve traditional book-based literacy. The technology is using content in a different way – here cloud computing to deliver contents to address problems of illiteracy in African nations. This is how technology helps in improving literacy and education even in the remotest and poorest countries on the earth.
Note: EuroAfrica-P8 is a FP7 project funded by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) with the aim of strengthening ICT research and policy links between Africa and Europe under the 8th Strategic Partnership.