Nairobi, Kenya. February 1, 2018.
Eneza Education & our Kenyan telecom partner Safaricom have been nominated as one of the Best Mobile Innovations for Education in the Mobile World Congress 2018 Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards), under the Fourth Industrial Revolution category. They are one of a handful of African nominees announced at the event, which will take place in Barcelona later this month.
The awards dubbed the Oscars of the mobile industry recognizes industry leaders like Apple, Google and Huawei. In our category, Best Mobile Innovation for Education, fellow big-name nominees are:
- Bombay Natural History Society & Accenture for Internet of Birds (India)
- Ericsson with UNESCO, UK-DFID, Qualcomm & other partners for Connect to Learn Myanmar (Myanmar)
- Paltel Group for Empowering e-Learning (Pakistan)
- Turk Telekom for Project Sunshine Games (Turkey)
Our CEO, Kago Kagichiri said that this nomination just confirms that simple technology solving unshiny problems at scale is what emerging markets really want, and need.
He added: “We are launching more products with our telecom partners that solve access to learning, career-determination and socialization problems our rural youth really struggle with, not telling them what content they need to consume in this rapidly changing information landscape. Our upcoming Shupavu MWeb is not just about placing fancier smartphone content in young Africans’ hands, but showing the potential to use the internet to hack their daily lives and make smarter decisions.”
Shupavu291, the nominated product, is Safaricom and Eneza Education’s virtual classroom available on any mobile phone. Through USSD/SMS, the most basic of dumb-phones can provide interactive chat-based lessons and assessments for primary and secondary school youth in Kenya, sessions with local tutors, gaming and competitions on a national level and even access to internet resources like Wikipedia without an internet connection.
“Beyond providing tools to do their daily learning, the future of learning and work for this generation of leaders is self-directed and involves bringing what you can to solve the world’s problems. Our dream is already being realized with 11 year olds leading unsupervised study groups in their neighbourhoods. We’re already living in the new world where young people also have the chance to collaborate and create social value thanks the dedicated team at Eneza.”
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