Delivering education through technology in Africa

mobileeducation80% of students in Africa don’t pass secondary school, while 4 out of 5 adults in english speaking Africa don’t finish high school so enabling education delivery is critical.

We now profile five innovative companies shortlisted for the Best Educational Award at the Awards who are utilising mobile and technology to drive education across the continent.

Tuteria – Nigeria
Education is demanded by African’s with a desire to learn many different subjects and skills. From learning new subjects such as photography, dance, languages, swimming, musical or cooking.

Many people don’t know where to find competent tutors who can teach them what they desire to learn; and even when they find one.

Tuteria has built an online platform optimized for mobile devices where users can find a tutor, evaluate tutors, pay for lessons and also monitor lesson delivery. This works on both web and mobile browsers. Tutors can also accept new tutoring opportunities, submit their lessons into the system, and also process payments for lessons etc.

Mwabu – Zambia
By 2030 Africa will be short of 2.1m teacher and 39 million primary school children in Africa have no access to education. Under-qualified teachers are also struggling with large class sizes.

Mwabu’s mission is to bring talent, teacher and technology together across Africa and their tablet contains 2,000 enquiry-based interactive lessons for all primary subjects in English and local languages. The content moves away from the classic rote learning or ‘chalk-and-talk’ approach, instead motivating learners to enquire, explore and problem-solve.

Detailed lesson plans guide teachers in the delivery of 5,000 interactive lessons, using a three stage rotational model; teacher-led sessions, group work and individual exercises.

Shule Direct – Tanzania
For most students, schools are the key area where they can access qualified information in a conducive environment. However, learning within government funded schools has its share of challenges in Africa.

Shule Direct have created a web platform hosted at providing the entire secondary school curriculum over 11 Subjects and extra – curriculum content for youth development in HTML notes, quizzes, 3D Diagrams, discussion forums and interactive online teachers for support. It is the first of its kind in Africa providing a full curriculum for mainstream education.

Eneza Education – Kenya
With at least 99% of homes in Africa having at least one mobile phone, Eneza Education target market is the Bold African Millennium (BAM). They provides high-quality content via lessons, assessments and tutorials, based on the national curriculum.

This content is accessible on SMS (for 10 Kenyan Shillings= less than 0.10 USD) a week, on any mobile phone.  Our users pay this 10/= a week for unlimited content through their airtime. As we have found it is easier to reach people on SMS because the subscription is deducted from their phone credit/airtime.

Xander – South Africa
The vast number of languages spoken throughout Africa which is so closely linked to culture and heritage is being lost to the Western thinking that language learnt through educational structures should be solely English.

Xander are aware of the need for English to be taught, and spoken throughout Africa to allow for global participation and economic growth we are firm believers that a child learns at a higher level and at a more intrinsic level when they learn in their own language.

They combine technology and mother tongue learning to bring learning opportunities to all African children through apps which are featured on a subscription based sale model with one of South Africa’s biggest mobile service providers, Cell C and other platforms.

The Appsafrica Awards supported by Uber, Opera, The Mobi Hunter, Shule Direct , Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) , Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) and the MMA 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 14th.

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