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AFP – Dawn – Friday, 23 November 2012 (originally published 14 Nov)

Women students looking at the screen of a cellphone

Afghan women sit in a class and study using mobile phones in Kabul. Image:AFP

KABUL: Afghanistan has launched a new literacy programme that enables Afghan women deprived of a basic education during decades of war to learn to read and write using a mobile phone.

The phone is called Ustad Mobile (Mobile Teacher) and provides national curriculum courses in both national languages, Dari and Pashto, as well as mathematics.

All the lessons are audio-video, with writing, pronunciation and phrases installed in Ustad Mobile phones, and they are distributed free to students . . .

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