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Special delivery: Text messages bring courses to disconnected students

A new entrepreneurial course delivered via text message launches in May of 2018 and will be available around the world. Michael Ioffe, a course developer, shows one of the related texts. Source: Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

Someday, after Yemen emerges from the conflicts that have gripped it for much of his life, Mohammed Al-Adlani wants to rise to the top of the Yemeni government.

In the meantime, the young man who left the capital city of Sanaa last year to attend the American University of Beirut is part of a modest project aiming to inspire and educate his Yemeni peers, to prepare them to shape a new way forward for their country.

He’s helping two American college students with an idea sparked by Mr. Al-Adlani’s observation that students in Yemen have limited access to school and the internet, but not to cellphones: Why not use texting

Cellphones as a lifelineHelp for those who are stratified, tooJust getting started

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