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Edtech platform EIDU is rolling out digital learning programs targeting young learners in Kenya

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EIDU, a digital learning platform that brings world-class learning content and training to low- and middle-income countries, is rolling out a digital learning program targeting young learners in Bungoma County, after similar initiatives in Embu, Kiambu, Machakos, Makueni, Mombasa, Murang’a, and Nakuru counties.

The digital lesson plans’ content, developed in partnership with Kenyan teachers and schools, has been deployed to approximately 230,000 pre-primary learners across seven counties listed above. Now, the County Government of Bungoma has been the latest to deploy the tech-enabled learning solution in 36 Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) Centers. This is in line with the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform, Kenya Vision 2030, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Nr. 4 (Quality Education for All).

“We are pleased to partner with the County Government of Bungoma to bring digital learning to early childhood education and to help improve learning outcomes drastically. This initiative aligns with our commitment to making quality education accessible to all. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact this partnership will have in Bungoma,” said EIDU’s Managing Director, Dr. Max Dohna. 

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The EIDU platform can be deployed as a turn-key service for governments on a country-wide scale or as a modular system to support other educational interventions. For Schools, the EIDU platform can help them deliver their learning content more efficiently. The EIDU platform is fully integrated into the daily school timetable and is optimized to run on low-cost Android devices.

The classroom implementation model is flexible – from one device per classroom to one for every student. All content works offline-first and is sourced based on scientifically proven learning impact. The platform includes teacher content, digital personalized learning for students and regular assessments. All content works offline-first, with usage and learning data uploaded in real-time in areas with internet connectivity or via peer-to-peer data sharing amongst in-class devices and later uploaded to EIDU servers via devices of visiting government staff. 

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Content is sourced based on scientifically proven learning impact, provided by verified third party partners and integrated onto the platform.

About 3,233 learners in grades PP1 and PP2 will benefit from the enhanced learning experience offered by the digital learning program. In addition, 108 teachers will be trained on how to use smart teaching devices to plan and deliver highly engaging lessons in the classroom, supporting them in the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). 

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“Through this partnership, we are taking a proactive step towards modernizing our education system and ensuring that our students have access to the latest educational tools and resources,” said Bungoma County Executive Member for Education, Dr. David Wanyonyi Wamamili.

Learners and teachers use smartphone devices to access the EIDU School App equipped with Mathematics and Language content in line with the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).  

The digital learning program is expected to greatly improve learning outcomes. Independent research conducted by Edtech Hub shows that learners who enjoy the EIDU digital learning program are ahead by months compared to the others without the program. Additionally, the program is expected to foster equity in education, as its offline capabilities make it suitable for urban and rural areas.

Under the contract agreement, 108 smartphones will be provided to the classrooms in addition to comprehensive training and ongoing support to teachers and county government ECDE officers, thus ensuring a smooth transition to the integrated learning platform.  

The program has also garnered support from parents and teachers with a study in other counties showing parental approval as high as 98% and teacher approval as high as 96%, with improved math and language skills cited as key benefits to learners.  

EIDU’s digital tools also provide county officials with the capacity to monitor their education system, with relevant data on the classrooms that allows for decision making for a more efficient, impactful and inclusive educational environment.

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James Musoba
James Musoba
Studying Africa's startup and technology scene. I always look forward to discovering new exciting inventions and vibrant entrepreneurs.

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