For the past week or so the WISE Learning Festival has been in full swing at Katara, and it's been amazing. If you haven't checked it out yet it is well worth a visit. Particularly if you have children this is a must visit event - it only happens once a year and the same acts won't be back next year so please take this opportunity to check it out.
This article focuses on another aspect of WISE - the accelerator helping young businesses to succeed. Below we give a shout out to five of the companies that are doing incredible things in the Education Space.
Sterio.me - Based in Chile
Sterio.me offers teachers the ability to pre-record interactive audio lessons for their pupils. Delivered via any mobile phone, no Internet is required and learners have access to their daily homework lessons via free SMS and GSM voice. The platform marks the lessons automatically and provides teachers with insights into individual learners’ progress. The project addresses the lack of books and teaching material in Africa, as well as the difficulties arising from overcrowded classrooms, and has over 400 lessons on the platform to date.
Ideas-Box - Based in France
Ideas Box is a portable media center dedicated to improving education broadly defined, and designed to be adapted to any context, including humanitarian crises. It creates an enhanced learning environment even in the most difficult conditions. It is highly standardized in its container and hardware (Internet, laptops, tablets, e-readers, arts & crafts), and finely tailored in content to each context. Ideas Box centers have arrived in Burundi, and implementation is under way in Jordan and Lebanon for populations affected by the Syrian crisis. Beyond emergency situations, orders are being finalized for communities in France, the United States, and Australia.
Kytabu - Based in Kenya
Kytabu is a mobile textbook subscription application on Android and Windows platforms that allows students to lease learning content in a piecemeal manner. Created to overcome the cost of bulk buying of textbooks in Kenya, Kytabu is using the mobile platform to bring learning content to thousands of students in Kenya's education system.
Dil.org - Based in Pakistan
The project addresses the need for deeper understanding of foundational content among primary teachers in rural Pakistan who lack access to training and learning opportunities. Through localized lessons aligned with national standards and delivered via mobile phone, the project is designed to increase math and English subject competency in order to improve the quality of education students receive.
Ustad Mobile - Based in UAE
Ustad Mobile is a platform for creating, delivering, and tracking learning experiences using nearly any mobile device. Educators can make use of audio, video, quizzes, and games with no need for advanced IT skills. The platform allows learners to use even low-end phones and works without requiring the Internet or even a signal. Various organizations are currently using the platform in Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq, Kenya, and Zambia.
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