Africa’s E-learning market has recently seen both thinkers and tinkers from around the continent and abroad get together in Kampala, Uganda to discuss the current state of innovation in the sector. This presented a fitting opportunity to round up some of the startups that have been making headlines for their impact in Africa’s education industry.
Various reports have suggested, Africa’s eLearning scene has grown on an impressive scale in the last few years with some estimating revenues from e-learning tech platforms in Africa reached about US$250-million in 2011. This is expected to double, if not triple, in most African countries by 2016.
This foundation provides kids in rural Africa with a virtual tutor. It is a Kenyan startup by two former members of the Nairobi’s iHub community. It creates educational content which can be easily accessed by children from low-income areas on low-cost feature phones.
It is a startup from Tanzania which encourages problem solving activities. This is done through an educational cartoon broadcast daily on national TV. Children use mobile phones to answer multiple choice questions through free text messages and receive feedback on their performance.
This is an educational forum that capitalizes on mobile phones where teachers can record a question or even a lecture and upload it to the site. The learners can access or receive one free calling to the teacher with the recording.
Is a South African startup founded by Barbara Mallinson and act as a ‘Facebook for schools’. Students can make a profile and connect with other like-minded students and teachers around the world. It helps get news from schools and assists students to submit homework. It is used by 400 organizations across Africa.
BRCK Kio is a tablet built off the BRCK, an all terrain internet router and backup power for the remotest and most inaccessible places in Africa. The BRCK Kio Kit included 40 tablets and a solar powered backup that lasts up to eight hours after charging. The package provides schools with hardware and software solutions that enables students in marginalized areas access learning material online.
Is an educational technology startup that helps educators and parents monitor and improve students’ academic performance. It was developed by Molawi Adesuyi in Nigeria.
It was developed by Nigerian entrepreneurs. It provides database of study content to help prepare prospective university students for their entry exams. It charges a $6 fee for a three month subscription.
It is a Ugandan-based startup that strategically places teachers, students and parents in one ecosystem and enables students to easily exchange notes, past papers, revision materials and coursework or ask questions.
A technology startup developed by a Nigerian entrepreneur and was launched in October 2013. It promotes African traditional stories. It also aims to improve mental capabilities of young kids
It equips youth in East Africa with computer programming skills and helps them build tech-based solutions to address everyday challenges in their communities. It was launched in 2012 by a Kenya entrepreneur.
Funda, which means ‘learn’ in Zulu, was created by Nigerian entrepreneur. It helps students access learning material and their educators anywhere through a mobile app. Using the app students can access e-learning portal via a key code provided by the university they are registered to.
It’s an educational tablet created by a British entrepreneur and tailored for the Zambian market. It teaches users the basic numeracy and literacy skills, aimed at primary school. It includes educational information for adults on health, farming and financial literacy.