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I'd like to relay this question in the direction of information and communications technology (ICT) experts in Africa: Are there examples of Unicode being taught as part of courses in any African universities? Or of computer science programs that do not include Unicode or internationalization in any courses?
For those not familiar with Unicode (and the ISO/IEC 10646 universal character set), it is the character encoding standard that permits use of any or all writing systems on computers and across the internet. (For more, see the Unicode Consortium's page, "What is Unicode?")
Relevance of Unicode in Africa
Given the use of extended Latin characters in written forms of many languages in Africa, and the use of non-Latin scripts for others, it would seem that Unicode would be a natural subject to introduce to students who plan to work in ICT in Africa. So perhaps there are some good examples to share?
For instance, last September there was news that computer science students at American University of Nigeria (AUN) developed phone apps in Hausa and Fulfulde for teaching literacy. This requires some knowledge of Unicode, implying that perhaps the students learned about it at AUN. (I'm seeking more info on this for an upcoming post in the "Really smart mobiles know African languages" series.)
On the other hand, the persistence of an 8-bit "special font" in Mali would seem to indicate that in that country at least, the word about Unicode hasn't spread to people who should know about it. Are there other examples of Unicode not being used where it would help most?
(See also: "Unicode and the architecture of ICT," 30 June 2015)