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UK delivers e-learning to Kenya

The UK'€™s Department for International Development is to partner with the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in Kenya

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | July 24, 2014 | International

Project iMlango is a first-of-its-kind e-learning partnership, led by global satellite operator Avanti Communications and its partners: sQuid, the smartcard and digital payments system provider; online maths tutoring provider, Whizz Education; and technology NGO, Camara Education. The integrated programme aims to improve learning outcomes for 25,675 marginalised girls across 195 Kenyan primary schools.

The project aims to uniquely address the cultural and financial issues that can lead to reduced school attendance and drop outs, with electronic attendance monitoring and conditional payments to families. At the programme’s core sits an internet learning platform, accessed via high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, where partners provide students with interactive, individualised learning tools.

David Williams, Chief Executive at Avanti Communications, said: “Project iMlango is a unique combination of high-speed satellite broadband and e-commerce technology, supported by interactive educational and IT resources. Directly addressing the societal barriers girls face in attending school, the programme will impact Kenyan girls and their communities on a huge scale.”

The programme has been designed with the ability to measure and benchmark Project iMlango’s impact in real-time. Data includes daily attendance statistics at the whole school level for over 100,000 children, as well as measurement of access to the learning platform and charting each student’s individual progress over time.

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