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Solar-powered encyclopedias for women in Tanzania
Education for women in developing countries tackles poverty and child mortality
German social venture URIDU and Tanzania’s Ministry of Health are using a solar-powered MP3 player to educate illiterate women in rural areas, The Next Web reports.
"Every six seconds a child dies in the world under the age of five. Most of these deaths are easily preventable. We can save millions of lives by giving illiterate mothers medical knowledge," the company’s website says.
The device, dubbed MP3forLife Player, provides answers to 400 questions about health, nutrition, family planning, child care, and work safety. "It is expected that women will listen to audio recordings in small groups. This approach will unite them and provide an opportunity to discuss the material," comments Felicitas Heyne, a psychologist and founder of URIDU.
Information for the record was collected and translated for the residents of Tanzania with the assistance of 10 thousand volunteers from one hundred countries. Players will be issued to women in need through staff from various NGOs in Tanzania. At URIDU, women’s education is one of the key ways to fight poverty.