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  1. 1. Revolutionising African Education An introduction to iSchool Reinventing Education in Africa
  2. 2. There are many reasons why primary education in Africa remains a difficult problem to tackle: Large class sizes Rote learning Unplanned teaching No differentiation in class learning Poor school infrastructure / no power Teaching in non-native language High teacher absenteeism Poor health / nutrition High teacher attrition Rapidly Increasing population Some languages with no resources Poor literacy Limited facilities for SEN Teachers prefer towns Few textbooks Little interactivity Very low budgets Lack of classroom resourcesUntrained teachers in rural areas Early drop-out Unquestioning environment Long walks to school High adult illiteracy High student absenteeism Girls leaving earlyBoredom in class
  3. 3. And education is the critical start of a vicious cycle
  4. 4. The Opportunity • eLearning has a real potential for change now that: – The cost of computer devices has fallen below $80 – The devices are robust and reliable and will last a full day without mains power – They are personalised and can be carried to classrooms: no additional building is needed – They can be used by teachers with any level of skill – They can be charged off lower-end solar power – There is a growing willingness to pay for education Reinventing Education in Africa
  5. 5. The iSchool ‘Product’ iSchool has created a ‘Total Learning Environment’ covering the 7 grades of Primary School education, with 3 components: Reinventing Education in Africa 1. Detailed lesson plans for teachers for every one of 5,000 lessons. All subjects, all grades, covering the entire Zambian curriculum, and guiding the teacher towards interactive enquiry-based learning.
  6. 6. 2. Interactive local contextualised audio-visual material for students for every other lesson. For early grades all material is in local mother-tongue languages as well as English. All learning material approved by the Ministry of Education. All material is voiced as well as written to help those with lower literacy levels. Reinventing Education in Africa
  7. 7. The iSchool ‘Product’ 3. Teacher training, to help teachers move towards the new way of child-centred active learning. • An initial 3-day fully-participatory course • Ongoing teacher mentoring by their course leader • A one-year course on the ZEduPad, including learning, training videos, classroom discussions and feedback mechanisms Reinventing Education in Africa
  8. 8. The Delivery Mechanism iSchool eLearning material is delivered via the ZEduPad, a high-quality low-cost 7” Android tablet, pre-loaded with all content in 32GB flash memory. No Internet connection is required, but one can be used if present. Revolutionising Education in Africa
  9. 9. The ZEduPad: 3 Models 1. Teacher. With all the student content plus lesson plans and full teacher training materials. 2. School Learner. Full learning material and research content. Designed for multiple use going straight to appropriate lessons. 3. Home Learner. Complete with full learning material, plus homework modules, and other safe educational and entertainment content. Reinventing Education in Africa
  10. 10. iSchool in practice Reinventing Education in Africa Since student tablets are used every alternate lesson, it means 1 ZEduPad is needed between 10 children, reducing costs. iSchool’s unique blended teaching material is based on a rotational model within the classroom, with multiple activities taking place. This allows teachers to concentrate on smaller groups to whom they can provide more personalised learning. The tablets, in use by one group, are shared to promote peer education and to ensure cost- effectiveness.
  11. 11. The iSchool Objectives ‘To create school leavers who will know where to find and how to manipulate information; who will be problem solvers, and life- long learners; and who will be able to contribute to a new economic environment and take their place in a knowledge economy. And to make teachers facilitators rather than the source of knowledge’ Reinventing Education in Africa
  12. 12. What’s on the ZEduPad? Accessible in learning sequence or by topic In English and key local languages Community facilities Detailed lesson plans for teachers for all lessons, plus higher level overviews, and including differentiation All 7 grades – all subjects, including maths, literacy, the arts, sciences, creative & technology, PE Multi-level reading scheme Adult literacy Range of other educational Apps relevant to grade of learning iHealth App iFarm App for small-scale farmers Library of specially written books – stories to be read by children and to children Past exam papersAdult numeracy Internet/WiFi Child-safe browser One-year teacher training course including tutorials, videos, classroom activity, and staffroom discussions in all modules Interactive self-marking quizzes Full pre-loaded multi-media eLearning covering the whole primary curriculum Version of WikiPediaOffice App
  13. 13. Testing in Schools Trialing in schools has been going on in 15 schools in Zambia with 3,000 children for over 3 years. There has been significant success in terms of reduced absenteeism and enjoyment of learning. Literacy and numeracy rates are well up, as are critical thinking skills, both measured within the groups, and compared to non-iSchool controls. Reinventing Education in Africa
  14. 14. iSchool puts the ‘fun’ into learning Reinventing Education in Africa ..and creates a new generation of those thinking for themselves
  15. 15. And all without… • Any new classroom buildings • Any more trained teachers • The need for mains power • iSchools can be anywhere • The ZEduPads work in any classroom, or anywhere else that teaching is taking place • They are designed to be part of every existing class • They last a full day on battery power • Solar power for charging is provided Reinventing Education in Africa
  16. 16. ‘iSchool in a box’ • Covering all school needs, and bearing in mind that all equipment can be run off mains or solar electric power. • Equipment includes secure charging cabinet and a projectors (with battery) for the teachers. • To buy all the iSchool equipment for a school costs ~$1 per child per month. Reinventing Education in Africa
  17. 17. Alternative Delivery Platforms • The iSchool material can also be accessed directly over the internet, for those with a good enough connection, anywhere in the world. There are individual or school subscription models. • The same eLearning content can be delivered via Intel Classmate style netbooks, specially built for primary school children, although these are costlier than tablets and less suitable for lower grades and rural environments. Reinventing Education in Africa
  18. 18. • In order to serve the local community around a school, the ZEduPad contains adult literacy and numeracy courses (in local language); and life skills courses, including financial literacy, health and farming skills. Aimed at village communities these can be accessed without formal literacy Revolutionising Education in Africa Revolutionising Life in the Village
  19. 19. Further Sustainability • iSchool has a team who work with schools on sustainability with the objective of ensuring that the communities in which schools operate make full use of the new facilities and thus are willing to contribute to costs. It also has a positive impact on security. • Other strands include: – Creation of internet cafés for local community access – Learning for local communities including skills training, and training of community health workers. – Use of facilities by local government, including district offices – Use by MPs constituency offices, and to increase the flow of democratic information – Use by village Chiefs and headmen – Use for banking and trading systems, including integration with local transport. Reinventing Education in Africa
  20. 20. The ZEduPad• Should be used: – By taxi drivers waiting for their fares – By those in minibuses on their way to work – By the boy selling talk-time at the traffic lights (who also gets his messages from the telephone company on the same device) – By the shop-keeper in the village – By the community health worker in the village – By the farming extension officer – By pregnant mothers – In teacher resource centres – In local government offices – In homes of any kind throughout the country – In every primary school…. • The ZEduPad will become a means to get information to anyone, anywhere…. Reinventing Education in Africa
  21. 21. • Moving from the $10 Nokia to $60 Android Smart phones. • The spread of low-cost smart phones will be driven by the rural community getting access to the services they need (education, health, agriculture) in local language and with minimal need for literacy. • All iSchool material is being prepared for use on smart phones and on a ZEduPhone Revolutionising Education in Africa Moving to smartphones
  22. 22. And the rest of Africa.. • iSchool is an independent company, based in Zambia and internationally. • Following the example of the work in Zambia there is now significant interest from around the Continent in taking the learning content to other countries. • Interest is coming from Governments, telephone companies and educational publishers, as well as NGOs and schools. • With there being a high degree of commonality between the primary school curricula in the region there is good value to be obtained in adapting the ZEduPad content for local use, with the addition of appropriate languages. Reinventing Education in Africa
  23. 23. The importance of education • There would be a 12% drop in global poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills. • Countries that raise literacy rates by 20-30% have seen increases in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 8-16% • Individual earnings increase by 10% for each year of school completed • Each extra year of school increases a person’s future productivity by 10-30%. • A farmer with just four years of education is 9% more productive than one with no education. • People of voting age with a primary education are 1.5 times more likely to support democracy than people with no education. Reinventing Education in Africa
  24. 24. The importance of girls’ education • Wages rise 20% for every year beyond 4th grade that a girl remains in school. • When 10% more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases on average by 3% • Women’s education is responsible for half of the reduction of child mortality over the past 40 years. • In sub-Saharan Africa, investing in girls’ education has the potential to boost agricultural output by 25%. • Girls who stay in school for seven or more years, marry four years later and have two fewer children. • A child born to an educated mother is more than 2x as likely to survive to the age of 5 • A girl who completes basic education is 3x less likely to contract HIV/AIDS Reinventing Education in Africa
  25. 25. Contact Details iSchool Zambia Kalundu, Lusaka, Zambia Tel: +260-211-845161 Email: Web: Reinventing Education in Africa iSchool has teams ready to adapt its learning content to countries around the Continent and looks forward to the challenges of working together to reinvent education in Africa