Using Social Media to Empower Madagascar’s Youth

Nov 02, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Taking a page from a recent novel (which I will not name) that became popular on e-readers because people could read it without other people seeing the cover, officials in Madagasgar are taking to the internet to offer courses in reproductive health. This is a nation where more than half the population is under 20 years old, where one in three girls becomes pregnent before the age of 18, and yet where discussion of such matters remains taboo. Accessing online learning about these subjects using mobile and online technology won't, of course, address these issues by itself. But it's a start. Kudos to project founder Manantsoa Ratsarazaka.

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