ABC, 123: Can you text me now? The Impact of a Mobile Phone Literacy Program on Educational Outcomes
We report the short-term results from a randomized evaluation of a mobile phone literacy and numeracy program (Project ABC) in Niger, in which adult literacy students learned how to use mobile phones as part of a literacy and numeracy class.� Students in ABC villages showed substantial gains in numeracy exam scores.� There is also evidence of heterogeneity in program effects across regions, suggesting the impact is context dependent.� These results were stronger in one region, for women and for participants younger than 45.� There was also evidence of persistent impacts: six months after the end of the first year of classes, students in ABC villages retained what they had learned better than the non-ABC students.� These effects do not appear to be driven by differences in teacher quality and motivation, nor student attendance.
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