A “learning meets learners’ approach is being adopted in the education of women to empower them.

All they need is a smart phone, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said on Thursday.

UNESCO Regional Director for West Africa, Mr Yao Ydo, told newsmen in Abuja that smart phones would now be used rather than classrooms, for its literacy programme.

For the UN agency, the new teaching approach would give beneficiaries the opportunity to learn at their convenience and increase literacy in Nigeria.

Classroom approach is easier for kids because adults do not have that patience.

“When you go to the rural areas, women do everything at home; they are the ones that take care of the family; they are the ones that go to the market to sell.

“Their days are so full they don’t have time to seat in classroom.

“So, we have realised that we have to change the approach of the literacy programme, Ydo stressed.

Describing the use of smart phones as “learning meets learners’ approach’’, Ydo explained that instead of “the learners going for learning, the learning will go and meet the learners and we see that smart phones is the best way.

“In the rural areas, people have smart phones and they can easily get it; we are going to use this device for education”.

Ydo further suggested that learning modules should be put on phones to train people in English or any other language because of the high demand.

He noted that ICT methods are the available tools to respond to the high demand of adult education in Nigeria.

According to him, the lack of content is another challenge in improving literacy, since most curriculum are outdated.

The announcement of the 'learning meets learners' approach is coming days after UNICEF said it would explore radio in educating children in the Lake Chad basin that have been deprived of access to education due to Boko Haram insurgency in the region.