A Resilient Africa 2020 - An AfriLabs Impact Report


The EdTech Hub

Powering education with technology

EdTech Hub is a global research partnership between The University of Cambridge, Overseas Development Institute, Results for Development, Brink, Jigsaw, Open Development and Education, INJINI, e-Learning Africa, AfriLabs and BRAC. The goal of the hub is to empower people making decisions about technology in education. In April 2020, AfriLabs led an EdTech Hub global call for ideas to respond to the learning emergency caused by Covid-19 school closures. We reviewed 371 applications, hosted 5 pitch days, selected innovations to feature in our virtual sandboxes and learned a lot in the process. Using innovation sandboxes, we try to make sense of the enabling environment; the whole system in which a certain EdTech intervention exists. This includes the interventions design, manufacturing, route-to-market, distribution, financing, user adoption and more. In Uganda, EdTech Hub is working with Mango Tree Literacy Lab, one of the sandboxes in our portfolio, and in partnership with District Local Governments, primary schools, parents and communities, to implement Interactive Radio Instruction in response to COVID-19 challenges. We tested the effectiveness of adding human infrastructures and supplementary learning materials to radio as a medium of instruction. We did this by providing hour-long learning instructions to listening centres (that accommodates 10 kids each) over the radio for 2 sprints of six weeks each, and we had older siblings, teachers and parents act as facilitators of the radio sessions.

2020: A Resilient Africa: An annual report of AfriLabs impact

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