Education is known to be an integral part of every society, both formal and informal education. It is often said that the quality of education in a place determines the level of sophistication and growth in that society.
Edtech is the use of technology to better the formal learning process. This includes all technological efforts to simplify and aid the teaching and learning process.
Edtech global acceptance reestablishes the importance of education. In Africa, there are over two hundred edtech startups.
However, listed below are the Top 5 edtech startups in East Africa. In no particular order, they are;
This Edtech startup M-Shule, a Swahili word meaning mobile school, is located in Nairobi, Kenya. It was founded in 2016 and has Kepple African Ventures, EWB Canada as investors.
M-Shule has a mobile-based learning platform where learners are connected to personalized tutoring tailored to meet individuals’ educational needs. M-Shule services can be accessed on even the most basic phones.
M-Shule uses artificial intelligence to understand each individual’s learning level and delivers lessons accordingly through SMS and chatbots.
The AI then tracks provides insights on the performance of the individual.
M-Shule is one of the Edtech startups selected for the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Information, Communications, and Technology 2021 cohort earlier this year.
This Edtech startup is located in Rwanda and provides alternative science laboratories for schools without one and aids students’ revision.
O’Genius Priority offers a platform that enables students to perform laboratory experiments using the computer.
This helps the students acquire both experimental and practical knowledge of their desired subjects.
O’ Genius Priority is also among the Edtech startups selected for Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in Information, Communications, and Technology 2021 cohort earlier this year.
This startup has also been selected by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network as one of the most innovative top twenty-five global youth-led for-profit solutions that are advancing SDGs.
This Edtech startup is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It launched a platform called iCog Anyone Can Code (iCog-ACC), in partnership with Betelhem Dessie, a tech developer.
Children can learn coding and soft skills on the iCog-ACC platform. iCog Labs also helps in project execution using artificial intelligence technology.
iCog Labs is also a named participant of the Mastercard Edtech cohort 2021.
This Edtech startup is also located in Nairobi, Kenya. Founded in 2012, Kytabu uses various forms of teaching content to engage the students on their mobile app.
Kytabu also uses a game-based learning approach to engage the students. The platform provides their students with online textbooks as needed by the student.
Kytabu has a school management system that comprises apps for both students and parents, a learning mobile app for students and a monitoring app for parents. The startup is also a participant of the Mastercard Edtech cohort 2021.
Another Kenya Edtech startup based in Nairobi, Kidato offers services specifically for k – 12 students. The classes are filtered through age, subjects and tutor as each tutor is restricted to five students at a time.
Kidato also offers extra-curriculum classes teaching chess, coding, arts among others. This uniqueness has made the Edtech startup stand out in Africa.
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