5 EdTech companies in Africa striving to improve education across the continent

Delivering education has many challenges in Africa and the Educational Award celebrates EdTech companies in Africa striving to improve education and learning. – Maria Ukpere


Mwabu brings talent, teachers, and technology together across Africa to make education so good that all learners can contribute to and benefit from a new future for them and for their continent, they offer a range of educational products and services specially created for African markets. Mwabu’s method and practice of teaching are designed to move away from traditional ‘chalk-and-talk’ teaching and move towards incorporating different approaches where learners explore and learn through understanding, analyzing and solving a range of different tasks individually, in groups or with the teacher.
Mwabu Academy’s training courses and ongoing mentoring support build teachers’ capacity to use these innovative teaching methods, and enable all learners, even those in large classes, to progress through being actively engaged and focused.

Kukua – Sema Land

Kukua is empowering illiterate children to learn reading, writing and basic math through a game based mobile learning platform. Kukua is a startup company leveraging new media and technology to empower children to learn through magically engaging experiences. Kukua’s vision is a world where any child can learn through an engaging, rigorous and personalized education.They are a dedicated team of mission-Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2017driven entrepreneurs, game designers, cognitive psychologists and educational experts fueled by the research that shows how acquiring even basic literacy and numeracy can change a child’s entire life trajectory.


Snapplify is a content and media technology company centered on content distribution and mobile publishing. The Snapplify Reader is a beautiful, easy-to-use application that allows you to read eBooks on your Android smartphone or tablet, whenever and wherever you please.

Xander Education

Xander provides multilingual educational applications for young children. Their founder believes in mother-tongue learning for young children and has created a range of award-winning, educational applications to give parents peace of mind in the digital age. Your children can now engage with healthy technology, learn in their own language, and have fun at the same time. Xander apps also support privacy and high-quality therefore they are free from in-app purchases and advertising.

Praekelt dig-it

Quality maths education is critical to the future success of any country. In resource-poor environments, mobile technology presents us with an opportunity to make sure people have access to the education they deserve that’s why Praekit dig – it has designed a product that enables students to practice their skills on a mobile app while encouraging healthy competition within other students from different backgrounds on a single platform. Their Human-Centered design process recognizes the needs, incentives, and behaviors of their target users and uses that to help them on their problem areas.

The Awards supported by Boomplay Music, Africa Tech Summit Kigali, Basebone, BBM, Content Connect Africa, Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) the Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa, providing winners with global publicity, recognition and networking with 300+ industry peers at the Awards party in Cape Town on November 6th.

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