written by: Zainab Salami
In Africa, 9 million girls and 6 million boys between the ages of 6 & 11 will never go to school. Children living in rural environments are twice as likely to be out of school as urban children. Additionally, children from the wealthiest 20% of the population are 4 times more likely to be in school than the poorest 20%.
These and many more are proof of the wide educational gap that exists in Nigeria, and Africa as a continent. The chances of some children (especially those in rural areas) getting access to education, is very low. Even the ones that seem to be getting educated are doing so under very poor conditions.
Today, in the era of digitalization, a number of startups have emerged to try to fill the wide educational gap that exists among African children. Through their various innovations, they have been able to build E-Learning platforms that help kids learn, from anywhere they are. Let’s take a look at some of them:
ULesson was launched in 2019 to bridge the gap by creating high quality, assessable and affordable education to children. They record asynchronous interactive videos with lots of visuals and practice sessions. They are also in working relations with schools and provide them with their learning materials to help the students self-learn. You can check them out via: https://ulesson.com/
Tuteria was launched in 2005. It is a home tutor-based app that offers personal home learning experience. It connects learners to qualified private tutors. Tuteria covers all subjects including foreign and Nigerian languages. How amazing is that? Students can log on and get connected with their own qualified private tutor. It also helps students during exam preparation with the support they need to be at the best during examinations. You can check out Tuteria via: https://www.tuteria.com/
Prepclass was founded in 2014 by Obanor Chukwuwezam and Olumide Ogunlana. They noticed there was a shortage of trained qualified teachers in Nigeria and so created a platform where learners can connect with tutors that can effectively communicate and impact the learners with the knowledge they need. They have conducted over 200,000 hours of tutoring both online and offline, in addition, they have through tutoring and test prep app, worked with more than 30,000 students since inception. Check them out: https://prepclass.com.ng/
This is another one of our favorite e-learning platforms. Pass.ng provides past questions to test student’s knowledge. This enables students to prepare for internal and external examinations that they might have. The past questions are downloadable without internet. (Super cool right?) and is also android user friendly. Check them out: https://pass.ng/
M-Shule is an SMS knowledge-building platform that helps organizations deliver Learning, Evaluation, Activation, and Data tools across East Africa. Learn new skills. Collect and analyze new data. You can check them out: https://m-shule.com/
These innovations have proven to be very impactful in the lives of students and even adult learners. Big ups to the founders of these startups and all the people working to make the platforms function effectively.