Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning

The Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning (the Centre) drives the innovative use of technology to improve access to quality education, particularly for the most underserved communities. The Centre works with a range of actors — including innovation hubs, EdTech entrepreneurs, policymakers, researchers, educators, and learners—to support the effective and impactful integration of technology in education, including the development, deployment and scale-up of promising EdTech innovations that boost learning and strengthen the education system.  

The Centre’s three core functions are to: 

• Foster ICT Innovations.

• Share best practices and advance research.

• Convene stakeholders – system leaders, development partners, policymakers, innovators, EdTech entrepreneurs, teachers, private sector leaders, and global experts.


The Centre's Approach

Scaling EdTech Models to Improve Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education.

Meet Joseph Nsengimana

Director of Mastercard Foundation’s Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning

EdTech Mondays

Our Technology in Education Series in Partnership with CNBC Africa


News and Announcements

EdVentures Announces its First Cohort for the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship in Egypt

EdVentures, the investment arm of Nahdet Misr Group and the leading EdTech venture capital firm in Egypt and the MENA region, has announced its inaugural cohort of the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship, a three-year entrepreneurship acceleration program designed to support promising African EdTech ventures.

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Sahara Consult and the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Reveal the First Cohort of 10 Start-ups Set to Transform Tanzania’s Education Sector

Sahara Consult has named the 10 homegrown Tanzanian EdTech companies that will be accelerated as part of its inaugural partnership with the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship. 

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Mastercard Foundation To Host Inaugural Edtech Conference

The Mastercard Foundation, through its Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning, is hosting its inaugural EdTech Conference from July 8 – 10, 2024.

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The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Expands to Five Additional Tech Hubs

The five new tech hubs include EdVentures (Egypt), EtriLabs (Benin/Senegal), RFC Foundation (Ethiopia), Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Africa (Ghana), and Sahara Consult (Tanzania).

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Emerging Technologies in Edtech: The Role of Big Data in Advancing Education

The March edition of EdTech Mondays Africa explored how the continent’s educational leaders and policymakers can use big data to develop organizational capacity and improve outcomes for students, educators, and their communities.

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Investing In Education for Transformative Learning

Investing in education is an opportunity to not only support the development of the continent but also to empower and lift a generation from poverty, inequality, and social disparities.

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Scaling Up the Use of Electronic Payments in Malawi

The Reserve Bank of Malawi, supported by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion and the Mastercard Foundation, initiated the “Scale-up and Regulation of Electronic Payments/Digital Financial Services” project to operationalize the Business Licensing Regulations that enable Malawi to scale up the usage of electronic payments.

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Click Learning is Moving the Education Needle Using Technology

Click Learning, a South Africa-based organization started by Nicola Harris, enables children between the ages of 5 and twelve to interact with gamified content that stimulates their interest in various numeracy and literacy activities uploaded on digital devices.

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Request For Expression Of Interest From Tech Hubs And Accelerators To Implement The Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship

The Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning is seeking to partner with African Tech Hubs that have demonstrated the ability to incubate and accelerate startup companies, preferably EdTech companies.

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CcHUB Announces its 2023 Nigerian and Kenyan Cohort for the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program

CcHub has now announced the first set of 24 startups that will make up the first cohort of its Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship in Kenya and Nigeria.

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Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship at Injini

Mastercard Foundation and Injini are pleased to announce the first cohort of 12 EdTech companies participating in the inaugural Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship at Injini.

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EdTech Fellow Partners with Private Sector to Keep Kenyan Kids Learning

Partnership allows students learning from home to access free content during COVID-19 pandemic
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EdTech Fellow Working to Provide Access to Learning During COVID-19

Fellowship Aimed at Delivering Quality, Relevant Education Content to Secondary School Students

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Twelve African EdTech Companies Named as First Fellows at Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT

EdTech innovators aim to improve teaching and learning in secondary education

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