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    ICT for Illiteracy Eradication

    Last Updated: 08 Oct 2015
    ICT for Illiteracy Eradication program (ICT4IE) Utilizes advanced information technology to convert the learning content of literacy classes into simple, interactive computer-based tutorials. Basic reading and writing skills are presented through innovative ICT tools, designed for both classroom use and self-study.

    The program is geared towards women in particular, who represent more than 70% of illiterates in Egypt, mainly in rural and remote areas where the culture generally prevents them from leaving home for classes.

    The learning activities of the course are embedded with familiar contexts of everyday life and by the use of sound and music. Employing the curricula of the General Authority for Literacy and Adult Education (GALAE), the main topics tackled are health, education, political rights, family care and environment.


    § Increase the literacy rates in urban, rural and remote areas through the use of innovative ICT tools.


    Technological Development
    § Transform the traditional curriculum developed by the GALAE for illiteracy eradication into three interactive multimedia CDs.
    Train of Trainers (TOT)
    § Build the capacities of trainers and facilitators to utilize the latest ICTs and applications in illiteracy eradication classes.

    Awareness Campaigns

    Mobilize the community towards using new technology-based solutions. The developed ICT4IE solution focuses on empowering women by eradicating their illiteracy and mobilizing them to be proactive citizens.

    Innovative ICT4IE Tools
    To overcome obstacles hindering the project services from reaching the target beneficiaries such as those related to customs and traditions, highly innovative solutions were needed, among which are:

    Multimedia CD

    Used in an effort to produce educational illiteracy classes content on a CD set that can be employed for eradicating illiteracy. It consists of three CDs, two of which are for illiteracy eradication, and one provides students with a crash course and orients them on preparatory level school syllabus. The CDs can be used in the privacy of trainees' home, in a community development center or at an NGO office.


    It is a traditional wooden round table with a traditional floor seat known in Egypt as the “Tablya” with a customized embedded computer. The embedded computer is a single CPU that runs four screens serving four different independent users. Each user is equipped with a keyboard, mouse and sound cards. The Tabluter gives communities, especially females, a unique chance to access ICT, given community traditions, to cross digital divide and illiteracy eradication.


    § Illiteracy eradication CDs are now being distributed by NGOs independently
    § MCIT and GALAE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for using ICT4IE course to eradicate illiteracy of 10,000 illiterates annually in 10 governorates of the highest illiteracy rates

    The project will focuse on developing online version of ICT4IE CDs in order to provide all time, everywhere and cost-free solutions to target groups and partner NGOs. Arabic localization in the region will open the market to all Arabic countries as well as foreigners from other countries who are interested in learning Arabic language.

    Status: Ongoing


    Related Publications
    ICT For Illiteracy Eradication
    Sep 2004
    A component of the ICT Trust Fund, Egypt's ICT for Illiteracy Eradication project aims to bolster existing efforts by producing, adapting and applying ICT to facilitate the process of eradication with an emphasis on women who suffer higher rates of illiteracy.
    ICT Trust Fund Projects
    May 2004
    Egypt's ICT Trust Fund is jointly established by MCIT and the UNDP to foster computer literacy among school children and to modernize Egypt's school system. The Fund's main goal is to use ICTs to further socio-economic development by increasing awareness of its benefits through a series of coordinated projects.

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