My name is Stélio Inácio and I am an African, born in Mozambique’s capital city Maputo, where I live. I have an Online Education and Vocational Training website: https://agendamahala.com and I decided to start an Indiegogo Project. I am 31 years old and I am a programmer, teacher and writer.
Mozambique is a portuguese speaking country and is one of the poorest countries in the world, its domestic product gross for 2016 was 382.07 (source: World Bank). One of the main reasons why poor countries are poor, is their citizen’s inability to produce, to inovate and to grow, and that in turn happens because their citizens lack proper or any education. These countries have growing urban areas and are registering amazing development, nevertheless it will take some time for this development to reach rural areas, which make the most part of poor non-industrialized countries. While urban areas have schools, universities, professional and vocational schools and more, rural areas lack all of this.
There is an ongoing revolution in mobile phone and smartphone usage in Africa, even in rural areas. In Africa, Chinese brands Infinix, Huawei and Tecno are offering low cost smartphones from US$50 to US$100. These brands have been largely accepted and more people are moving away from high end brands such as Apple and Samsung. Not to mention second hand phones from Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG and other brands. In Mozambique, in southern Africa, there is even an android smartphone offered by a carrier that costs US$25.
Currently there are 293.8 million smartphone users across Africa. Ovum predicts that there will be 929.9 million smartphones by the year 2021.
Africans use the smartphone, not as a luxury item, but as a tool, and an important one to achieve things that most people in developed countries take for granted. Things like banking, health, accessing the internet, consuming content on the internet, accessing news, are all done via smartphone. So the phone is currently the tool for African revolution and Development.
One such usage is Education. E-learning can open new horizons to Africans, from language learning, to vocacional training. Although most African countries speak one of three official languages from the colonial era: English, French or Portuguese, which are taught in School, there are hundreds of local languages that are spoken by the general population. Most people in these developing countries only have basic education and are not fluent in English, French or Portuguese, which are second languages to them. That is why language teaching is very important, allowing people do to business locally and internationally and to get jobs.
The tool, the smartphone, is already on the hands of millions of Africans, what needs to be done now is provide the right content to the millions of smartphones and help Africans reach their potential.
That is why I created an Indiegogo Project titled: E-Learning for 20 Poorest Countries in Africa.
The Project’s objective is to promote my E-Learning website https://agendamahala.com to young people aged 15-35 in these 20 poorest countries in Africa by advertising Agenda Mahala on African’s smartphones, using Facebook, which is largely used everywhere and ships with most smartphones. There are 170 million Facebook users in Africa. I will also submit Agenda Mahala to Facebook Free Basics that will allow access to this website for free without mobile data.
Countries where Agenda Mahala will be advertised on Facebook:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Contributions to this Indiegogo Campaign can be made by following this link: E-Learning for 20 Poorest Countries in Africa | Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/e-learning-for-20-poorest-countries-in-africa)
Links and Contacts
Indiegogo Project Page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/e-learning-for-20-poorest-countries-in-africa
Agenda Mahala Website: https://agendamahala.com
Agenda Mahala All Courses: https://agendamahala.com/help/
My Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Hpshic3t8
My Email: email@example.com
Phone Number: +258829203920
Maputo – Mozambique