Tech Start-up Designs Solar Tablet for Rural Mozambicans

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Mozambican technology start-up company Kamaleon, has designed a solar-powered mobile computer with touch screen displays and virtual keyboards built on a trailer to provide Internet access to remote areas.

According to the Internet World Stats for Africa 2016, only 9.3 per cent of people across Africa have access to the Internet, a social development and education enabler worldwide.

As at 30th June 2016, Nigeria led the continent with 97.2 million Internet users; followed by Egypt with 34.8 million; and Kenya with 31.9 million Internet users.

“A few years ago anyone who could not read and write was considered illiterate, but today this concept goes further, encompassing people who do not know how to use information and communication technologies,” Dayn Amade says.

Internet access remains very low in Africa, especially in rural communities, inhibiting access to much-needed health education and counselling platforms for health organizations and schools.

The Community Tablet is an innovative and engaging way that promotes digital literacy to solve these problems.

The Community Tablet offers training on how to use the Internet and its features to community members and the local workforce; the technology and digital literacy contributing to greater effectiveness of civic education campaigns in various communities.

It was first launched in Mozambique which has 24 million people without Internet access in November 2016 to support campaigns on various Health and Education initiatives in partnership with governmental and private organisations.

It will spread up-to-date messages and interactive lessons that showcase symptoms, prevention and treatment options- replacing the need for leaflet distributions to convey life saving information.

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