the africa literacy project

The Africa Literacy Project (ALP) is a transcontinental initiative that partners with literacy centres, government agencies, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers to offer literacy courses en masse to vulnerable social groups.

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ALP is an initiative of the Platform Capital Group and JobSearch

only 67% literacy

World figures show that literacy rates are lowest in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In 2018, literacy in SSA was 67% whereas average world literacy was 86%.

literacy is critical to development

Literacy skills are an entry point to developing more advanced, stable, and better compensated skills for work.

literacy is gendered

Women comprise approximately 2/3 of all illiterate adults world wide.

tech for literacy

Our digital solution teaches literacy using a phone. Training will be delivered by Cell-Ed's unique technology — a voice- and text-based app that offers 3–5 minutemicro-modules via SMS, app, or Whatsapp. Content will introduce learners to basic English Language and cover topics like COVID-19, civic engagement, financial empowerment, African history, and ethics. Each module will consist of audio,

text, and then a request for the learner to send back an SMS to test understanding. Our pilot project begins in Sierra Leone in partnership with the Freetown City Council's working group for skill development. In Sierra Leone, all existing adult literacy programs are conducted face to face. There is an opportunity to leverage mobile technology to scale literacy projects in Sierra Leone and beyond.


  • mobile solution

    We build on the go mobile solutions designed to teach functional literacy skills.

  • 20 hours

    It takes 20 hours for a new reader to gain basic reading fluency.

  • call-in

    Learners can call-in for additional support from a coach volunteer.

sierra leone pilot

Our pilot program has recruited 250 female traders and domestic workers, 125 persons with disabilities, and 125 unemployed youth.

The ALP pilot will run for 4 months in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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