Afghan Boy #mobimooc

Afghan boy

In the newspaper a story of an Afghan boy. (The boy in the picture is not connected to the real event) He left his little village and went to Pakistan and there a religious person told him to do a suicide attack on his fellow Afghans. The boy listened and went to do this duty. In Afghanistan he met another religious person, this one told him suicide attacks are forbidden. So he did not pursue. (He was arrested)

The Afghan boy is just an example.  This story is an example of the need for critical thinking.

What did this Afghan boy need to think critically?

And is it possible to acquire that  asset with help of a mobile device?

MNovel: “… The story, called Kontax, was published in English and in isiXhosa. Readers were invited to interact with it as it unfolded – teens could discuss the unfolding plot, vote in polls, leave comments, and finally submit a written piece as part of a competition for story sequel ideas. The project aims to contribute to the understanding of mobile literacies, and teen reading and writing using their mobile phones…”

One could use this method to present a story about a critical thinking person, give discussion opportunities, and ask  the readers for ideas for the next story.

Is reading and writing a mnovel way to learn to think critically? it possible to  start a mnovel project without a big budget (m4Lit has a 77.000,– dollar funding)


3 thoughts on “Afghan Boy #mobimooc

  1. The boy needed permission to question what elders told him to do. In a sense, even though we see a moral value in one decision over another, neither decision was his to make. In a society frozen around hierarchies and not welcoming of alternate versions of itself authority is like a force of nature. The way the world is is not something to be questioned, just worked with as best you can. People want the familiar, they want the comfort of approval.

    Maybe exposure to more voices through mobile learning and the consequent rise of peer groups partly situated in a wider world would help? How do we teach people to reject a predetermined future? Isn’t that the sort of peace we all seek?

    As a random thought: years ago I moved from a very lively urban area to small town living. The people I met seemed “stuck” in their ways, but not confident in the performance of the social roles their “place” required of them. It’s as if they were born as a character in an already running theatrical production and had to accept this as “self.”

  2. Scott thank you for your clear wording of the solution and the problem. The exposure to more voices could be a start of thinking more independent, peer groups could foster that. Might not be enough but it could be a good start. I will think along these lines in designing the project.

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