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Name of Innovation:
Covid19 has greatly impacted on the education of children in Kenya as schools closed for 6 months, so kids are not going to schools and teachers have lost livelihood. Efforts have been made to have access learning through digital means.
According to USAWA Agenda non‐profit organisation survey in 2020
‐22% of kids are accessing available online content
‐7% of children in public ECD schools compared to 26% of their counterparts in private ECD schools are able to access digital learning.
‐Teachers are not aware nor equipped to be technology ready
‐Household are challenged due to poverty and internet connectivity
Description of Innovation:
TextSchool project is innovative e‐learning platform supporting primary school pupils from grades 4 to 8 with a system that uses Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)/SMS targeting learners with limited internet and hardware accessibility.
What sets TextSchool apart from other model is that it is SMS based and can be accessed via any phone (smart or feature phones) as long as the phone can send and receive text messages, by dialing
*250*11# using Safaricom sim card. It can also be accessed by any learner residing in remote areas in Kenya since it rides on Safaricom ‐ who have a good network coverage in Kenya.
Sustainability :
Our innovations rides on the existing technological infrastructure, Safaricom, which makes it easier to be accessed the entire country (Kenya) which makes it easier to reach out to leaners in the remotest part in Kenya since Safaricom have a good network coverage in the region.
We have partnered with local teachers in content development and ensure that students access quality content
According to report released in 2017 by Communication Authority of Kenya, we have mobile subscriptions of 38.5 million with a population of 51 Millions, meaning that there is a deep penetration of mobiles phone in Kenya with an average of one mobile phone per household.
TextSchool run on any phone (smart or feature phones) which makes it easier to be accessed
Impact Story:
So far we have managed to reach out a total of 10,271 with an average of 350 active users accessing our services on a daily basis.
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