The children of Wenchi, a village in Ethiopia have access to no education. They have no school or teachers yet they all know their English alphabets and basic words. How you would say? The key to this is a U.S NGO backed project called One Laptop per Child.
The goal is to distribute tablet computers to kids in the village and see whether they can teach themselves using the apps and new technologies to read in places where there is no access to formal education. The results so far have been amazing as some of the children have learned more than they would have learned in one year of kindergarten and are already teaching other children how to use the devices. Of course one can't substitute the role of a real teacher and a proper educational infrastructure but this is an interesting study.