Nokia Teams With UNESCO to Help Teachers in Nigeria

Nokia  (NYSE: NOK  ) has partnered with UNESCO -- the United Nation's educational, scientific, and cultural organization -- to launch a new "English Teacher" service on Nokia Life+ that will provide free professional development support through mobile phones to primary school English teachers in Nigeria.

Through their mobile phones, teachers will be able to access English teaching resources, articles,  activities, and other materials to help them in the classrooms. Nokia says the "English Teacher" content been developed by the British Council and follows Nigeria's primary grade English curriculum.

Teachers can use the service free, though data charges apply. The service will be available through Nokia Life+, which provides "life-enhancement" information for people in emerging markets. In Nigeria, Nokia Life+ also offers "Life Skills," "Live Healthy," and "Learn English" services aimed at young Nigerians. Customers can access Nokia Life+ on Series 40 devices, which include the Nokia Asha smartphones. 

Steven Vosloo, the project coordinator for UNESCO said, "Mobile technology is a promising avenue and, in some instances, the only option." 

According to a recent study by the United Nations, six out of seven people in the world have access to mobile phones. As a result, Nokia says, "the opportunity for life improvement via mobile is obvious."

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