ADEA signs MoU to promote digital literacy in Africa

47765872042 70d61e4bbc zThe Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), the Didier Drogba Foundation and the Ministry of Education have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a project on digital literacy promotion in Africa, named KALAAN

The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry’s premises in the presence of Kandia K. Camara, minister for national education, technical and vocational training; Didier Drogba, president of the Didier Drogba Foundation; Albert Nsengiyumva, executive secretary of ADEA.

One of the objectives of the KALAAN project – beyond raising awareness among political authorities and the general public to make this initiative a priority in Africa – is to contribute to the literacy of more than one million people in Côte d'Ivoire in three years and ten million people in Africa over five years with a particular focus on women.

The project will use the AmBC method for digital literacy developed for mobile phones by the Ivoirian company BYTE sarl.

“I am proud of this partnership and the idea is to reach 10 million young people in five years in Africa,” said Didier Drogba.

“The Didier Drogba Foundation approached us for this project. The main goal is to be able to reach the maximum of African countries starting from Côte d'Ivoire. We had a meeting with the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) to discuss the details of this project. ADEA is ready to support this initiative with its partners because education is the key to develop each country,” Albert Nsengiyumva declared.

Minister Kandia Camara, who really encouraged this project, also stressed the importance for women, men and young people – especially those who live in rural areas – of learning to read, write and calculate by using a smartphone. At the end of the ceremony, she thanked ADEA and the Didier Drogba Foundation for their support in the realisation of this project as entire Africa will be able to benefit from it.

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