How can mobile communication help
improve the quality of education? A Nokia smartphone will go to the
owner of the best idea submitted to the fifth phase of the Education
for All (EFA) Crowdsourcing Challenge organized by UNESCO, Nokia and
the Pearson Foundation.
Starting on 12 March, and for a month
thereafter, education and mobile learning stakeholders are all
invited to participate by submitting mobile communication ideas for
helping achieve EFA Goal n°5 that calls for the elimination of
gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and
the achievement of gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus
on ensuring girls’ full and equal access to and achievement in
basic education of good quality. Participants will also be invited to
vote or comment on other ideas.
Several hundred proposals were
generated during the first four phases of the EFA Crowdsourcing
Challenge, which explored ways of using mobile communication to
potentially help attain literacy, to contribute to achieving
universal primary education, to address youth and adult learning
needs, and to improve the quality of education.
To submit an idea, participants only
need to click on the Create an Idea link to the right of the gender
challenge introductory paragraph.
The winner of the fifth
phase, who will be chosen by an expert panel of judges, will receive
a Nokia smartphone. She or he will also get a chance to win a US$
3,000 prize as well as a library of children’s books worth US$
3,000, which will be donated to a non-profit organisation of the
winner’s choice. Moreover, the best ideas from the EFA
Crowdsourcing Challenge will be developed into concrete projects by
Nokia and other project partners.