By Peter Thomas.
The Africa Industrialization Day was celebrated on 20 November 2017. The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.
The important contribution of inclusive and sustainable industrialization in helping Africa to overcome its critical development challenges is clearly recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
One of the aims in the sustainable development goals calls to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
At Eneza, being an Edtech company, we believe that the industrialization of the African continent will go a long way in helping us reach our goal which is to make 50 million learners smarter in Africa.
As at now, Eneza education is undoubtedly Africa’s #1 Mobile Learning Platform with over 3 million unique users. Industrialization of the education sector can help to reduce the major challenges that many students in rural Africa encounter in their quest for an education.
From lack of school fees, to high cost of textbooks, Eneza Education has been able to provide a solution to this by providing quality and affordable education through mobile technology at a cost Ksh 1.43 per day. We also have products that expose our learners to the internet, giving them skills they would use in the workplace simultaneously with improving their academic performance. One such product is our mobile web platform. Africa’s learners need relevant skills that they would use in future, for inclusive industrialization to be made possible.
Students get unlimited content of their class level 24 hours a day and they also get a chance to interact with live teachers by sending their difficult questions through a feature called ‘Ask a Teacher’.
It is estimated that 35% of African adults are illiterate. This means that either these adults never went to school or dropped out at some point.
Eneza is trying to solve this by offering adult courses mainly the business course which provides basic financial literacy such as banking, loans and financial management. This is aimed at helping adults who are in business or want to start a business to make proper decisions that can help boost their businesses.
African industrialization can become a reality if stakeholders from governments, academia and the private sector come together and raise awareness of the importance of industrialization in African development and to galvanize international support.