12.12.2011 - Education Sector

Youth and Adult Learning Needs - EFA Crowdsourcing debate

How can mobile communication help meet youth and adult learning needs? A Nokia smartphone will go to the owner of the best idea submitted to the third phase of the Education for All (EFA) Crowdsourcing Challenge organized by UNESCO, Nokia and the Pearson Foundation.

Starting on 12 December, and for a month thereafter, education and mobile learning stakeholders are invited to share their ideas on how mobile communication can contribute to meeting youth and adult learning needs. They should focus on access to the world of work, life skills and lifelong learning and either submit their own ideas or vote for those of others.

Several hundred proposals were generated during the first two phases of the EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge, which explored ways of using mobile communication to potentially help attain literacy and to contribute to achieving universal primary education.  

The winner of the third phase, who will be chosen by an expert panel of judges, will receive a Nokia smartphone. She or he will also get a chance to win a US$3,000 prize as well as a library of children’s books worth US$3,000, which will be donated to a non-profit organisation of the winner’s choice. Moreover, the best ideas from the EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge will be developed into concrete projects by Nokia and other project partners.

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