Millicom has launched a low-cost mobile English language learning course called EduMe English in Rwanda.
The service is available exclusively to Tigo’s customers in Rwanda by subscription or on demand.
EduMe English is a new way to learn English on any mobile phone, offering the student the opportunity to decide when and where to learn. It is the first product to be launched by EduMe, Millicom’s global educational service using mobile and internet technology to provide access to high quality education in Africa and Latin America.
Following the launch of EduMe English in Rwanda, the service is due to launch in El Salvador and Tanzania in the coming months. Additionally, EduMe Tutor, a phone- and Skype-based English language tutoring service, has been launched in beta mode in El Salvador with a live service following shortly.
The service is developed by international experts in language learning and follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the globally-accepted framework for language learning.
It combines listening, reading and speaking training through text lessons, quizzes and audio sessions where students select courses that gradually increase in difficulty. These combine high quality content recorded by native English speakers with instructions in Kinyarwanda, the local language spoken by many Rwandans. As the official language of Rwanda since 2009 and extensively used in business and education, there is considerable demand for accessible English tuition.
Hans-Holger Albrecht, Millicom CEO and President commented “We are very excited to offer millions of people in Africa and Latin America the chance to educate themselves with the help of mobile- and internet technology. We are starting by offering English language training as this is a language that gives people more opportunities and connects people across the world. EduMe English is a groundbreaking new product where people can learn English anytime anywhere.”