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All posts tagged "edtech"

  • Siyavula, the edtech startup enabling learners through feature phones [updated]

    Update: Facts and quotes have been amended. Our apologies to Mark Horner and Siyavula for the errors. Education has been preached about as the way to a better life, "get good grades, go to a good school, then off to a better university where you'll get a degree and make lots of money". In our country, it's especially hard to follow that path. According to the 2014 education statistics, 28.3% of learners who passed their matric exam only qualified for a Bachelor's programme, 31.3% qualified for a Diploma programme and 16.1% qualified for a Higher Certificate programme. These stats prove why more...

  • This crowdsourced phrasebook app wants to help South Africans understand each other

    South Africa, like our ever globalising world, is made up of a really diverse bunch. It's colourful but often messy. This is where Aweza steps in. It's a novel app that wants to help people better communicate and understand each other. Developed in Cape Town, Aweza is a phrasebook app which essentially pairs pictures with common phrases. It relies on crowdsourcing and gamification techniques to ensure correct pronunciations of South Africa's 11 languages. Pretty cool, right? But for the guys currently behind this project -- Glen Stein, Jeanne Fourie and Farrel Strul -- it's more than an educational product. It's about...

  • Are elearning startups Nigeria’s best hope for a new wave of innovation?

    This week, Lagos will host its third annual Social Media Week. Last year, it featured a Battlefield startup competition that was won by educational portal PrepClass. The startup was also named one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Africa for 2014 by FastCompany. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago one of Nigeria’s major telecoms companies, Airtel, announced the winners of its Catapult A Startup competition. One of them is Pass.ng, an online exams preparatory platform that helps students prepare for Nigeria's most important university admission and JAMB examinations, among others. The startup won one million Nigerian Naira (about US$5...

  • Via Afrika partners with Tabtor for personalised math programme in SA

    Via Afrika Publishers has partnered with the tablet-based learning solution Tabtor, to bring world-class learning techniques in math to young South African students. Tabtor's groundbreaking concept that provides powerful student level Point-of-Learning Analytics along with time stamped Proficiency Matrix to teachers has attracted widespread adoption among consumers as well as media attention in the US because it delivers results. Via Afrika has been around for a while as a mover in the education space though have only recently moved onto the digital space. Part of major local publisher Media24, its tutoring technology is available on both iOS and Android devices. Read more:...

  • Snapplify’s innovative ebook distribution hub wins FutureBook Award

    South African ebook distributor Snapplify is really making a name for itself locally and abroad. The latest affirmation of its vision going forward is an award it recently won for its innovative ebook distribution tech -- the SnappBox. At the FutureBook Awards, Snapplify won the Tech Innovation category for its ebook hardware distribution solution SnappBox . SnappBox is a hardware distribution solution for ebooks which enables users to access digital reading material via their intranet as opposed to downloading individually via the internet. This method is said to be most effective for larger institutions such as schools and universities. Read more: SnappBox...

  • SA’s edtech startup Brighter Futures offers online math tuition for R50

    South Africa's elearning startup space is growing bigger (and brighter) by the day. Recently launched online tutoring service Brighter Futures joins the race to quell the country's ever pressing education issues. In 2013, the Department of Basic Education reported that only 26.1% of candidates who sat for the mathematics matric result achieved a pass mark of 50% and above. This fueled a chant that all South Africans have come to know too well. The education system is in crisis, it goes, and then further, we demand government to do something about it. And that is the end of it. Very...

  • SA schools to get savvy with new virtual classroom tool by Mxit, UNICEF

    Today, South Africa's Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty, together with the MEC for Education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi, officially unveiled a new mobile tool for the country's public schools, called Ukufunda Virtual School in partnership with Mxit Reach and UNICEF. Ukufunda, meaning "learn" in isisZulu, will not only aim to promote access to quality teaching for students, but provide teachers with professional development and support curriculum delivery. However creative many edtech startups in South Africa may seem, they too often face inaccessibility to their target markets. This recent dedication by the Education Department is a milestone for public institutions,...

  • Startup Weekend EDU comes to Cape Town, aims to encourage edtech innovation

    A first in Africa, Startup Weekend Education (EDU) will be taking place from 5 - 7 September in Cape Town, South Africa to help encourage innovation in the education industry. With the zest of the Lean Startup Machine and Startup Weekend tradition, the three days will consist of thinkers and tinkerers challenge ideas and skills to help build education products. Apart from networking and pitching, prominent industry leaders will attend the weekend including Doug Hoernle, Director of Rethink Education, Steve Vosloo Head of Mobile for Pearson South Africa, and many more. The Friday night will consist of 60-second pitches,...

  • Qurio is on a quest to change the world, one question at a time

    South African based startup, Qurio, was born out of a need to improve the education space. Founded by Paul Kim and Gareth Heuer -- the former has a background in actuarial science and the latter in marketing -- the pair went straight into the entrepreneurial space after completing their studies. The team knew they wanted to build something that would help fix the South African education space. After a bit of research, Kim and Heuer found that there's a big need for change in the testing and assessment arena. "What we found was that lecturers were losing the...

  • Pearson looking to fund, incubate Africa’s top edtech startups

    Pearson, in collaboration with US accelerator Village Capital, has announced its Edupreneurs programme which seeks to support entrepreneurs across Africa trying to solve pressing education issues. The programme will host 15 chosen edtech startups in South Africa after which two winners will be given up to US$75 000 in seed funding. Although the programme will be operating in South Africa, applications are open to all entrepreneurs across the continent who want to make a positive impact on the future of learning. Startups will complete tailored modules in business and education topics, and receive mentoring advice from other entrepreneurs, investors and...