Partners: Department for International Development (DFID), sQuid, Whizz Education and Camara Education
Over one million children in Kenya do not regularly attend school, marginalised by societal issues including poverty and distance.
A solution was required that could measurably improve education and life outcomes for a target of 150,000 pupils – 68,000 of whom are defined as marginalised girls.
Led by Avanti Communications and its partners (UK Department for International Development (DFID), sQuid, Whizz Education and Camara Education), Project iMlango is a first of its kind e-learning partnership, created to deliver improved educational outcomes in maths, literacy and life skills for marginalised children.
The project provides high-speed internet connectivity to rural and remote schools; tailored online educational content; electronic attendance monitoring with conditional payments to families to improve non-attendance and drop-out rates; in-field capacity in technology and support resources; and real-time project monitoring/measurement.
Deployed via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite, broadband connectivity powers the programme to ensure e-learning is successfully implemented in 205 remote and rural schools across Kenya.
Since being able to use satellite internet, the schools are now working with Tyndall University in Dublin to promote the Young Scientists Tanzania competition. The students use Skype to do joint experiments with the university. This also enables the students to communicate with other schools involved in the scheme.
Furthermore, an all-girls hostel has been built close to the school. The hostel allows the girls to live in the dormitory, dramatically reducing the amount of time they spend travelling to and from school. This enables the girls to study in the evening, giving them more time to complete homework and with access to the internet, can now access the online educational resources.