Literacy Through Mobile Phones


   M-Ubuntu uses inexpensive, low-threshold mobile phone technologies to empower teachers to address Africa’s literacy crisis.
   M-Ubuntu is applying the Zulu concept of Ubuntu - best translated as "I am because we are." to this challenge. At the heart of the pilot project are two teams of reform- minded teachers and their enthusiastic learners. Spectrum near Johannesburg contends with crime & other social dislocations accompanying urbanization. Ramosadi located near Botswana, struggles to serve orphans. Developed with and for students and fellow teachers, M-Ubuntu is connecting South African teachers with m- literacy coaches in the United States and England to help them open new vistas to learners on the wrong side of the literacy and digital divide.
   Through M-Ubuntu teachers are using recycled smart phones to bring the power of handheld computing to their classrooms. Our focus is on project-based learning, access to the best in South African and global literature, and the development of critical reading, writing and thinking skills.
   The pilot phase of the project, 2009-2010, involved 20 teachers and 600 learners. Future plans call for expansion to additional teams of teachers in Africa and possibly beyond.

M-Ubuntu is an international partnership connected to:

DeRust Futura Academy, SOUTH AFRICA

Spectrum Primary School

Ramosadi Primary school

Learning Academy Worldwide, SWEDEN, USA

Di Gameworks, USA

Mac Arthur Foundation, USA

Sprint Foundation, USA

Tribal Group, UK.

And socially minded individuals around the globe.