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Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016, Africa

ICT Projects and WSIS Action Line Related Activities in Africa

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In the period 2014-2016, WSIS Stocktaking Reports have reviewed 136 ICT-related projects and activities carried out by international organizations, governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders in the Africa Region, with those in 2016 highlighting the efforts deployed by stakeholders involved in implementation of the SDGs. WSIS Stocktaking reports are based on the multistakeholder approach, including input from stakeholders from all over the world responding to ITU's official call for stocktaking updates and new entries.

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Cultural diversity and identity

The NatiV project is an e-learning application for a low-cost Android tablet to enable children in rural Zimbabwe to learn to read using their own languages (including Shona), as well as to engage children with learning disabilities. NatiV is an Android application under development for e-learning infrastructure that will teach children how to read Shona (Zimbabwean language). NatiV is designed to improve a child’s syllable-to-sound (letter-to-sound) association. It implements simple, core Android application development concepts, with a UI3 and gestures that are child-friendly and engaging. The aim of NatiV is to become an application used nationwide, catering for all local languages in Zimbabwe (Ndebele, Tonga, etc.) and operating via a central data centre which works on improving the learning software and offering parents data analysis and tips on how they can also help their children improve their reading. NatiV is being made with special consideration for children with reading disabilities such as dyslexia, with the aim of helping them learn to read by implementing technical solutions for special methods prescribed by professional dyslexia researchers.

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