The World Literacy Award 2023 has been awarded to an Ivorian technology entrepreneur and smartphone designer.
According to the prize’s website, the award “recognizes individuals and organizations annually for their outstanding endeavors that promote literacy learning.”
Alain Capo invented a smartphone that allows people to communicate in at least 16 of the Ivory Coast’s languages.
He told the Reuters news agency last year that he designed the phone so that individuals who cannot read or write could use smartphones.
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Mr. Capo expressed his gratitude during the ceremony at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, saying,
“It’s an incredible honor to receive this award and the global recognition of the work in literacy as we increase access to education and literacy for all.”
He spoke about what motivates him, saying, “I’ve seen firsthand the inequalities in education around the world, and it inspired me to step up and make a difference.”
Sources: BBC, World Literacy Summit