EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge n°6 – Early Childhood Care and Education

How can we use mobile phones to improve early childhood care and education?

A Nokia smartphone will go to the owner of the best idea submitted to the sixth phase of the Education for All (EFA) Crowdsourcing Challenge organized by UNESCO, Nokia and the Pearson Foundation.

From 10 April to 31 May, education and mobile learning stakeholders are invited to submit their mobile communication ideas for helping achieve EFA goal n°1 that calls for expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. They are also invited to vote or comment on other proposals.

As well as the Nokia smartphone and the $3,000 prize, the winner, who will be chosen by an expert panel of judges, is awarded a library of children’s books worth US$3,000, to be donated to a non-profit organisation of his or her choice.

More than 800 ideas have already been generated in the EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge, which aims to find ways of using mobile communication to help achieve literacy, develop universal primary education, address youth and adult learning needs, enhance the quality of education, and improve gender parity and equality in education. The best ideas from the EFA Crowdsourcing Challenge will be developed into concrete projects by Nokia and other project partners.

Mobile phones are changing the way we learn and have increasingly become a powerful tool for accessing information such as literacy training, educational and employment opportunities. They have the potential to help good-quality early childhood programmes lay strong foundations for learning and development, and improve lifelong opportunities, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

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