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Infothela Mobile Telecentre
The Infothela was designed to deliver information and spread knowledge at the village level, where the fruits of modern technology can not yet be seen. The unit is basically a pedal driven vehicle, just like a common cycle rickshaw, but with a personal computer on board which will be connected to the Internet using wireless technology. An added pedal generator is designed to recharge the battery pack which powers the computer while the vehicle moves from village to village.

The unit serves a variety of purposes, including education or entertainment applications, and providing agricultural, weather and government information. It is also designed to accommodate diagnostic equipments, such as a blood pressure testing machine, a blood sugar testing machine, amongst other primary health diagnostic and testing equipment. Designed as a self-sustaining project, the thela will generate a self-employment avenue for urban and village populations.

SMS education in Pakistan

In Pakistan, some innovative folks are exploring how basic text messaging (SMS) can be used in the education sector to the benefit of people with even very low end mobile phones, leveraging the increasing high teledensities found in communities across the country.


Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies – project (MILLEE), now in its 7th year, aims to realize this opportunity through a scientific approach. It adopts a human-centred approach to designing immersive, enjoyable, language learning games on mobile phones, modelled after the traditional village games that rural children find familiar. It has won several competitive grants and seen extensive field tests. It was featured in the press in India (where the last 10+ rounds of field studies took place), a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television documentary and ABC News. Its founders believe the “world language” challenge holds in many other developing regions and that its approach has similar value with other languages. In addition to scaling-up the project in India, MILLEE is being expanded into rural China (Mandarin literacy), sub-Saharan Africa (English literacy) and elsewhere.