Encrypted in this era of modern technologies and of unlimited access to information, the African continent is slowly but surely reaping the benefits of bridging the existing learning gap which exist between Africa and the rest of the world. The education systems which have been under pressure for many years, constraining children to drop out on school is today seeing the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to mobile learning and communication. Mobile technology brings out this new wave of hope, decreasing the high rates of illiterates in Africa.
Africa is the fastest growing and second largest mobile phone market in the world according to BBC World News including Botswana, Gabon and Namibia where there are more mobile subscribers than inhabitants.
What is mobile learning?
Mobile learning is first of all education distributed in form of online media. It can be through smartphones, tablets, laptops or mp3 players. With more and more people having access to mobile devices in Africa, learners get more useful ways of learning online.
Impact on African learners
- Usability – With a high percentage of mobile phone earners in Africa, a smartphone is easy to use and no more a barrier to learning.
- Accessibility – African learners can have access to multiple learning lessons with their mobile devices with interactive and instant feedback.
- Immediate responsiveness – Receiving immediate feedbacks is the greatest advantage of mobile learning, allowing individuals to enhance academic strengths and weakness immediately.
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