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Mobilink developed a pilot scheme with UNESCO and the Bunyad Foundation to educate rural women, a group mostly excluded from the conventional educational system in Pakistan.

In 2009, Mobilink developed a pilot scheme with UNESCO and the Bunyad Foundation to educate rural women, a group mostly excluded from the conventional educational system in Pakistan. The project started in 2009 with 250 female learners in rural Punjab, and by the end of 2013, it included 5,000 women across the country. Mobilink’s mLiteracy program helps teachers offer a basic literacy curriculum using SMS – with free connectivity for teachers and learners. The program’s project facilitators organize classes in small learning centers in villages, often in the houses of local elders, and learners’ responses are logged to monitor their progress.

The project has expanded to enabling rural women to better manage domestic finance, and  to raising subjects such as religious tolerance and  equal opportunity. The program has noticeably reduced gender bias in mobile use, and participants have reported a heightened sense of security through having access to this means of communication.

In early 2014, the Mobilink Foundation secured a third-party grant to extend the scope of the literacy program in 2015. This has enabled us  to enroll approximately 4,050 additional learners and 160 community teachers.

The mLiteracy has won awards from both the GSMA and Ethical Corporation magazine.

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