Whizz Education to deliver online tutoring in maths to marginalised girls in Kenya

Whizz Education is proud to work on Project iMlango in partnership with the Department for International Development to improve educational outcomes and life chances for marginalised girls in Kenya.

Thousands of girls, marginalised through poverty, will gain access to new e-learning opportunities in maths, English and life skills.

Whizz Education will be providing digital resources in maths and literacy, backed with training, to support teachers to deliver whole class lessons across 195 intervention schools within rural communities. Even more groundbreaking, each child will be individually tutored in maths within internet-enabled computer rooms, through the leading virtual maths tutor, Maths-Whizz.

Performance will be monitored through Whizz’s proprietary central monitoring capability, allowing for the first time, live progress monitoring across the entire intervention, rapid feedback loops to support successful on-the-ground implementation.

Take a look at the article below for more information on Project iMlango:

  • Whizz Education work with Avanti, sQuid & Camara Education in strategic partnership with DFID
  • Project iMlango will aim to improve the learning for 25,675 marginalised girls [1]
  • Programme set up to deliver improved educational outcomes for all children and help track the impact of early child and forced marriage [2]

Thursday 17th July 2014 – The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a groundbreaking strategic partnership with the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in Kenya to thousands of marginalised girls.

Project iMlango [3] 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.

Project iMlango uniquely addresses the cultural and financial issues that can lead to reduced school attendance and drop outs [4], 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. Project iMlango delivers:   

  • High-speed satellite broadband connectivity to schools;
  • Personalised maths tuition with a virtual online tutor, alongside digital learning content for maths, literacy and life skills;
  • Tuition and support to teachers to use ICT in their teaching;
  • Electronic attendance monitoring with conditional payments – to incentivise families to send their daughters to school – for use with local merchants;
  • In-field capacity in IT, technology and support resources;
  • Real-time project monitoring and measurement;

Inlango project infographic

Lynne Featherstone, International Development Minister at DFID, said: “Education is vital to helping improve the life chances of millions of marginalised girls and protecting them from harmful practises like child and forced marriage. Through this private sector partnership we are able to deliver innovative and cutting edge solutions that mean marginalised girls in Kenya get the education they deserve.”

David Williams, Chief Executive at Avanti Communications, commented: “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. We are extremely proud to lead such a groundbreaking technical solution and to be working in consortium with such innovative partners. We believe the programme could have significant application across the education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Richard Marett, Chief Executive at Whizz Education, commented: “Project iMlango brings together proven innovative learning initiatives and a blend of technology, on the ground experience and best practices to provide a transformative opportunity for marginalised girls to develop their learning, build self-esteem, self-confidence and raise aspirations. Whizz Education is proud to participate and contribute to a project in which each child will be given a new opportunity to reach their potential and through that, positively impact the future development of entire communities.”

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 [5], as well as measurement of access to the learning platform and charting each student’s individual progress over time.

About Project iMlango

  • Project iMlango is a strategic partnership between the Department for International Development (DFID), Avanti Communication, sQuid, Whizz Education and Camara Education.
  • The project will reach 195 primary schools and aims to improve the learning outcomes for 25,675 marginalised girls in Kenya.
  • To achieve improved education and life chances for girls marginalised through poverty, Project iMlango sets out to address both the financial and social issues affecting girls that lead to reduced school attendance and drop outs from school.
  • Programme enquiries should be directed to [email protected]

[1] Girls who remain in education are less likely to marry as children.
[2] One million children in Kenya regularly do not attend school; 2012/13 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report (GMR)
[3] iMlango, derived from the Swahili word, ‘mlango’ which means doorway or portal.
[4] Families play a critical role in girls both accessing and remaining in education.
[5] Calculations based on attendance of 500-600 pupils at 195 schools.

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