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Educational Project In Tanzania To Use Solar-Powered MP3 Player For Illiterate Women

May 16, 2017 02:04 AM EDT

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A German non-profit social enterprise, in partnership with Tanzania's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, is planning to launch a project that aims to educate women who can't read about health. In this project, they are going to use powered MP3 players as their tools to achieve their goal.

In an article published in The Next Web, German non-profit social enterprise URIDU will launch a program called MP3forLife Player. This is a solar-powered MP3 Player device developed by the group in order to teach women in the rural parts of Tanzania who can't read.

The MP3 Player device is said to have more than 400 answers to various questions concerning health, nutrition, family planning, child care, work safety, and other topics that should be the concern of women in Tanzania. "We conceived the MP3forLife Player for small group listening - it fosters discussion, exchange and group building," Felicitas Heyne, psychologist and URIDU founder, has said in an article published in ScoopNest.

She added that it is quite a process of getting all of this information converted into audio, considering the number of topics covered and the wealth of information available on that that is deem relevant and necessary for the MP3forLife users in Tanzania. "All texts are translated with the help of more than 10.000 volunteers from over 100 countries who participate in a unique crowdsourcing effort. Once the information has been translated it is recorded by a native speaker of the target language," the description of URIDU reads.

Heyne said that they want to provide basic knowledge to illiterate rural women in Tanzania, but they also want to create a team of spirit among them. "They are key to positive change in their countries [as] wherever women are empowered, a favorable spiral is set in motion. Health and education improve, populations stabilize, economies grow," she said.

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