The Yoza Project

A literacy project in South Africa seeks to exploit the use of mobile phones to encourage reading and writing with young people.

The Yoza Project, originally known as m4Lit (mobile phones for literacy), set out to explore the viability of using mobile phones to support reading and writing by youth in South Africa (SA). If mobile phones proved to be a legitimate alternative and complement to printed literature then their potential for increasing youth literacy practices of reading and writing in SA, and indeed the developing world, would be significant. Most developing countries are book-poor and mobile phone-rich, after all.

This is an interesting example of how digital technologies can provide greater access to stories and literacy which would otherwise be though books.

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