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
One of the Foundation’s recently announced EdTech Fellows is partnering with Safaricom to provide free access to educational content for students in Kenya studying from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Eneza Education is excited to partner with Safaricom to make the Shupavu291 learning platform available for free to learners across the country during this time. Our content is delivered via SMS and does not require an internet connection, and this ease of access has seen more than 5.3 million students use the platform,” said Wambura Kimunyu, Eneza Education CEO.
Eneza Education provides learning and revision materials via SMS/USSD on basic feature phones, and has reached six million plus learners since its inception in 2013. The company is one of 12 EdTech Fellows who receiving support to expand their operations through the Foundation’s Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT. The Fellows were selected after an Africa-wide request for proposals from innovators who either:
- Enhance and increase accessibility and affordability of professional development for in-service teachers, which also minimizes their out-of-classroom time; or
- Create and deliver enriched learning content that improves quality, relevance, and accessibility to both in-school and out-of-school secondary school learners.
About the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT
The Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT is a five-year initiative. It was launched in 2018 as part of the Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy to enable 30 million young people, especially young women, to find dignified and fulfilling work by 2030. The Centre aims to spark innovation and promote promising practices in the use of information and communications technologies for teaching and learning, and to catalyze significant improvements in education across the continent.
About Eneza Education
Eneza Education is an EdTech company that provides learning and revision materials via SMS/USSD on basic feature phones. It currently operates in Kenya, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire and has reached six million plus learners since its inception in 2013. Its product TeachMobile is a platform that provides in-service and pre-service teachers with tailor-made courses and teaching tools such as lesson plans and classroom activities. There is also real-time support provided by subject matter experts and educators.
News release: Safaricom, Education Content Providers Partner to Enable Free Access to Digital Learning
Access free educational content through Safaricom: www.safaricom.com/elimu
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