Basic Information
Name of Innovation:
Padziwe Educationbal Content
Problem:
Poor quality and availability of content for teaching, learning, and training is one of the leading factors for the poor performance of learners in Malawi. Other training institutions also struggle with delivering learning content that is easy to understand and access for their beneficiaries.

Physical barriers force training institutions to spend significant amounts of money and time to deliver this instructional content to beneficiaries.
Description of Innovation:
Imagine every learner being able to understand what they are studying and attain learning outcomes for every lesson. No student needs to repeat a class. No amount of money or time needs to be spent to re-educate school repeaters. Every student will be able to progress through the academic career normally and achieve economic development quicker.

This 100% pass rate is within grasp due to the educational content that is being developed by Padziwe, an Edu-Tech start-up from Malawi. Padziwe solves the problem of poor quality of learning resources by creating top notch lessons in digital format. Padziwe uses research findings on how best the human mind learns to optimize its content so that it grasps the learner’s attention throughout a lesson. This helps learners to follow through and attain learning outcomes.

Padziwe’s content is enriched with interactive animations, videos, high quality graphics, and audios. It incorporates additional resources such as reference books, exam papers, study guides, and any resource that would add value to the learning experience of learners and teachers.

To accompany this learning content, Padziwe developed its own Learning Management System (LMS) which surpasses anything that is available on the market at the moment. Apart from hosting the instructional content, the LMS is replete with features that make learning a pleasurable experience for learners. Such features include assessments that are powered by a wide-range of options such as multiple choice, drag-and-drop, crossword puzzles, drop-down, essay, hot-spot, and correlation questions.

Padziwe LMS also has robust features that allow for teacher-learner interaction through video calling, instant messeging, and forum tools.

Padziwe packages its digital content in ways that are meant to help institutions significantly reduce the amount money, time, and effort required for the content to reach learners. Padziwe content comes in customized android tablets (called Padziwe Tablets), computers, as well as feature phones. It is also made available online. Considering the lack of digital infrastructure such as internet, Padziwe offers this content in offline format to allow for off-grid access.

While Padziwe creates and provides this content primarily for academic-related curriculum such as primary, secondary, and tertially, it also offers its content development and digitization services to training institutions.

At the moment, the Padziwe content is available through:
1. PADZIWE DIGITAL LIBRARY (PDL): desktop & mobile software containing interactive learning resources for early childhood development, primary, and secondary school (MSCE & IGCSE).
2. TEACHERS DESK: online application offering continuous professional development (CPD) training to teachers for free.

3. PADZIWE EDUCATIONAL HARDWARE: customized Android tablets that are pre-loaded with the Padziwe Digital Library app (see above).

4. StartMeUp: online and offline platform offering training to start-up entrepreneurs.

5. SMC Pool: online and offline platform offering a wide-range of trainings for different stakeholders to help achieve gender equality and equity.
Sustainability :
Working with content creators, Padziwe is able to adapt any content in the African context and digitize them to make it more interactive and easier for learners to understand. With its unique offline delivery, the content can be used anywhere through low-cost devices such as feature phones regardless of internet availability.

Most of the content such as the one for early childhood development, secondary school, and business training, can be readily-used almost anywhere in Africa as the syllabi are similar or the same.
Impact Story:
So far, about 14, 900 people have directly benefited from using Padziwe’s content, whether academic or general trainings. This number does not include the number of students who have benefitted from studying using Padziwe’s secondary school content that was beamed on national Television in 2017 and in 2020. This number is estimated at 74, 000.

We have unsolicited testimonies on how the content and software has helped many students throughout the years. National Publications, a prominent and independent media house in Malawi, conducted a partial investigation regarding Padziwe’s impact and published an exclusive article in its newspaper and online blog (https://www.mwnation.com/a-library-at-fingertips/)
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