One thing you should remember, showing animations is not that terrible expensive. Moving a film projector from town to town, giving cheap portable televisions, or something like that, not to forget the $100 laptop computer project.
But the thing I was primary thinking: How fast and effective can we teach children learn? If you think computer animation, it has not been used very widely teaching alphabet. It could be very effective way, if we just use our skills for that. And I think, if someone in the world, we can do it, can’t we??
I was thinking something like this: Make the common letters to characters, like, if someone remembers the joke telling match-character, with funny legs and hands? Same way give letter ‘A’ his foots and legs and hands… And speech synthesis is allready available, to give our ‘A’ a noisy ‘AAAAA’, and his children small-‘a’, not so noisy ‘aaaaa—a’.
EDIT: Here is the matchstick animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKcIDlfccU4