Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pakistan: Female literacy through Mobile Phones

Well, when I see this kind of report, I sometimes get confused. On the one hand, I feel that it is waste of money. After all, school is the best place for increasing literacy. On the other hand, this project is targeted for women who did not go to school. Anyway, the reality is that female literacy rate in Pakistan is extremely low. So, any effort is a good one.

From Future Gov:
The five-month programme, initiated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), targeted 250 females aged 15 to 24 years old in three districts.
Pakistan, with half its population illiterate, is the fourth largest contributor to the world illiterate population. The literacy rate for males is 63 per cent, compared to only 36 per cent for females, making the country with one of the widest gap in this region.

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