The African Farmer E+Literacy Project

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The African Farmer E+Literacy Project is a bold initiative to empower 10 million African farmers to become literate and digitally literate. 

Illiteracy is persistent in Africa. While the worldwide adult literacy rate stands at 86.2% in 2015, only 59.76% of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is literate according to the 2013 UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). The 40% of illerate adults in Africa are in majority living in rural areas. Smallholder farmers and participants make up on average 54% of the sub-Saharan African Labor force (In Burundi, Burkina Faso, and Madagascar, more than 80 percent of the labor force works in agriculture).

Our initiative recognizes that "traditional" literacy (reading and writing ability) should and can be fixed alongside providing basic digital skills and digital content to African farmers, the biggest standing illiterate population in the world.

The African Farmer E+Literacy Projects empowers farmers with adult basic literacy education followed by empowering adults to utilize technology for self-sufficiency. They are taught skills such as accessing chat apps, voice apps or navigating a smart phone.

We then leverage "KOLIBRI" an existing offline peer-to-peer content distribution platform and software to provide lifelong offline access to a curated educational content library that farmers can access from a network of rural kiosks.

Our aim is to empower 10 million African farmers to become literate and digitally literate while accessing permanently digital educational and entertainment content wherever they are.The African Farmer E+Literacy Project is a bold initiative to empower 10 million African farmers to become literate and digitally literate. 

Illiteracy is persistent in Africa. While the worldwide adult literacy rate stands at 86.2% in 2015, only 59.76% of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is literate according to the 2013 UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). The 40% of illerate adults in Africa are in majority living in rural areas. Smallholder farmers and participants make up on average 54% of the sub-Saharan African Labor force (In Burundi, Burkina Faso, and Madagascar, more than 80 percent of the labor force works in agriculture).

Our initiative recognizes that "traditional" literacy (reading and writing ability) should and can be fixed alongside providing basic digital skills and digital content to African farmers, the biggest standing illiterate population in the world.

The African Farmer E+Literacy Projects empowers farmers with adult basic literacy education followed by empowering adults to utilize technology for self-sufficiency. They are taught skills such as accessing chat apps, voice apps or navigating a smart phone.

We then leverage "KOLIBRI" an existing offline peer-to-peer content distribution platform and software to provide lifelong offline access to a curated educational content library that farmers can access from a network of rural kiosks.

Our aim is to empower 10 million African farmers to become literate and digitally literate while accessing permanently digital educational and entertainment content wherever they are.


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