Using Instant Messaging Over GPRS to Help with School Work

Posted by MarkWeingarten on Apr 16, 2011
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Butgereit, Laurie
Publication Date: 
Jan 2009
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Rural Africa is in need of qualified teachers in mathematics and science for primary and secondary school. Classrooms in rural Africa are often benches under a tree. The teachers themselves often have limited education in mathematics and science. As cellular telephony services pushes deeper into rural Africa, the question we asked was whether various wireless access methods could be used to assist children and teenagers with their mathematics and science education.

One of the leaders in low cost GPRS communication over cell phones is a South African based company, MXit Lifestyle, boasting over 7 million users using their mobile instant messaging chat client, MXit. According to MXit's demographics, 45% of their users are children and teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18.

Dr Math is a project which Meraka Institute initiated in January, 2007. Dr Math linked up children and teenagers using MXit on their cell phones to university students (using internet based workstations) in Pretoria who acted as tutors. The tutors would help with mathematics and, depending on the individual tutors, chemistry and physics homework problems. Currently, over 3000 children and teenagers are using this service in Southern Africa.


Posted by akkihal on Jan 08, 2011
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Anup Akkihal
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The app addresses stockouts and market connectivity problems for remote users.  in general, it lowers costs and increases performance for the flow of goods to and from villages.  For village producers (of crops, milk, arts, crafts and textiles) it serves as a market connection mechanism (like Craig's list).  For village consumers (of medicines, healthcare, and retail goods) it optimizes inventory policy for the shopkeeper to maintain reliable availability.  

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Samaanguru is a robust mobile supply chain management platform that addresses stock visibility, inventory control, order management, demand forecasting, optimization, and analytic visualization of transactional activity.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a mobile phone
Is a web-based application/web service
Key Features : 
  • Mobile stock counts, issues (sales), receipts (purchases), order placement, order view/negotiate/confirm, and material information displays.
  • Configurable browser-side demand board, mapping, reports, analytics, etc.
  • It's an out-of-the-box configurable supply chain management toolkit.
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Information Resources/Information Databases
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Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Release Date: 
Java ME
All phones/Mobile Browser
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Languages supported: 
Handsets/devices supported: 
All feature phones supporting Java MIDP 2.0 or higher (Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Micromax, Chinese knock-offs, etc.) Some Android handsets (because they support Java apps)
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