Correction of the Matercard Foundation release distributed February 21st, 2020.
Pan-African group will receive support to scale up EdTech innovations that improve teaching and learning in secondary education.
KIGALI, Rwanda, February 24th, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT) today announced the first cohort of 12 EdTech Fellows, companies that will benefit from the Centre’s support to expand their operations and improve secondary teaching and learning across the continent.
- 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.
- O’Genius Priority, Rwanda: O’Genius Panda is an educational platform where students use computers to perform laboratory experiments equipping them with experiential and practical science knowledge.
- HITCH, Nigeria: HITCH is an educational video platform that provides underserved African schools with curated, high quality educational content.
- AkooBooks Audio, Ghana: AkooBooks Audio is a platform and experience provider that transforms African books into engaging audiobooks that are accessible on mobile phones.
- Eneza Education, Ghana: Eneza Education provides learning and revision materials via SMS/USSD on basic feature phones.
- iCog Labs, Ethiopia: iCog Labs will provide coding and soft skills training to young people in 15 Ethiopian cities.
- M-Shule, Kenya: M-Shule is the first personalized, mobile learning platform in Africa to connect learners with tailored tutoring, training, assessments, and data through SMS.
- Siyavula Education, South Africa: Siyavula Education is a customized online learning platform that uses the latest research on motivation, sequencing, and cognitive science to optimize student study habits and improve test scores.
- The Dr. C.L. Smith Foundation, South Africa: The platform Zibuza.net aims to improve teacher capacity by providing a common platform for teachers that allows them to connect with their peers and other education stakeholders. It is an online professional learning community that gives teachers access to high-quality teaching resources like lesson plans, classroom activities, past exam papers and memos, courseware, tools, and files.
- Kytabu Co. Ltd., Kenya: Kytabu Co. Ltd. has developed technology that enables students to access short and engaging curriculum content in text, audio, and video formats through a mobile application.
- Litemore, Kenya: Litemore has developed a mobile-first data management platform that allows students access to Kenya’s best instructors anywhere, at any time.
- Instill Education, South Africa: Instill Education is a mobile teacher-training platform that provides educators with bite-sized and practical content using an approach that reinforces learning and deepens retention.
- Chalkboard Education, Ghana: Chalkboard Education offers low tech software and services for institutions to create and track training programs on mobile, without the internet.
Interviews with any of the 12 Fellows can be arranged via the Mastercard Foundation media contact below. The Fellows and representatives of the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT will also be available to media on Monday, February 24th in Kigali during EdTech Monday at Carnegie Mellon University. For more information on this event, please contact Pereruan Kenana below.
About the Mastercard Foundation
The Mastercard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. The Foundation’s work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion for people living in poverty. One of the largest foundations in the world, it works almost exclusively in Africa. It was created in 2006 by Mastercard International and operates independently under the governance of its own Board of Directors. The Foundation has offices in Toronto, Canada; Accra, Ghana; Nairobi Kenya; and in Kigali, Rwanda. Visit www.mastercardfdn.org. Follow the Foundation @MastercardFdn on Twitter.
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