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The 1 Generous Thing Mobile Providers Could Do To Help Kids All Over The World (English subtitles)





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Published on Oct 31, 2013

In much of the world, many students only way to study and access knowledge is through Wikipedia on their mobile phones. Six out of seven persons on the planet has a cellphone today. While cellphones are a means of access to Wikipedia, the data charges can be very expensive for many. That leaves many students with a choice to study or save money.
The class of Sinenjongo High School in Cape Town, South Africa wrote an open letter on Facebook requesting free access to Wikipedia on their cellphones so that they can do their homework. They don't have a library at their school, and don't have internet access at home. The only books they have are the ones they are issued at school, so they have very limited access to information.

They were inspired to write their letter when they heard about Wikipedia Zero, an initiative of the Wikimedia Foundation (the non-profit that supports Wikipedia) to enable mobile access, free of data charges, to Wikipedia in developing countries. The objective of the program is to reduce barriers to accessing free knowledge—one of the largest barriers being cost of data usage.

We thought we'd make a movie about these students. Documentary film coming soon.


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