27.11.2012 - Education Sector

Mobile Maths in Senegal

© UNESCO/Ian Redmond

Primary schools in the regions of Pikine and Diourbel of Senegal will shortly benefit from mobile technologies to support teaching and improve achievement in maths and science thanks to a new UNESCO/NOKIA project, in partnership with the African network of distance training (RESAFAD).

Launched in March 2012, the initiative –  Enhancement of Teaching/Learning of Mathematics and Science through the Use of Mobile Phones – will enter a 6-month pilot phase in the classroom in January 2013.

The first group of teachers and the implementation team from Pikine were trained at a recent three-day workshop in Dakar, Senegal (29-31 October) in Nokia Mobile Mathematics, the technology used for the project. Education and mobile learning experts, teachers and local team members explored how to harness mobile technologies for teacher development from pedagogical and technical perspectives. They also planned the next steps, including monitoring and evaluation strategies for the project.

Participants contributed feedback and ideas on how to use the tool and to incorporate it into the curriculum. UNESCO also visited some of the pilot schools and met with the local operator Sonatel-Orange to discuss a possible partnership aiming at making the service access free for the teachers and learners.

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