“Leapfrogging” is a surprising, and an inspiring phenomenon.
As Rebecca Winthrop notes in her article for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Many African countries never systematically invested in laying phone lines, yet today access to cell phone service on the continent has grown so rapidly that in many cases communities are more likely to be connected to the outside world via cell phone service than to have access to electricity or running water.”
Across the “developing” world, innovators are using technology to transform lives. And they are doing so without taking many of the long, painful steps to progress taken in the “developed” world. This is called leapfrogging, and it has huge potential for education.
As Winthrop argues, it is vital that we help educators to seize this potential. By doing so, we can transform education for millions of marginalized children around the world. And by doing that, we can give those children a better life.
With these partners, we are delivering our award-winning online virtual tutoring service, Math-Whizz, to thousands of marginalized children in rural Kenya. As Winthrop describes, we are working to
“personalize learning while more seamlessly collecting data on student attendance and performance in real time.”
Every child we support receives a personal Math-Whizz login. With it, they access a whole world of colorful, animated mathematics which constantly adapts to meet their unique learning needs. Through their online interactions with the Math-Whizz Tutor, these children build part of the foundations for their future success; confidence, ability and enjoyment in numerical skills.
Every teacher we support gets access to a Math-Whizz Teachers’ Dashboard. With it, they receive real-time data that allows them to precisely track and understand the needs of every child in their classroom. This information empowers them to mould their own teaching to suit the needs of their students, making their daily teaching far more effective.
iMlango now improves learning outcomes for 150,000 Kenyan children in almost 200 schools. The name of the project, “iMlango”, is derived from the Swahili word “mlango”, meaning door or portal.
Whizz Education is privileged to help provide so many children with the doorway to a better life.