Thousands of marginalized local girls are poised to benefit from a strategic partnership between the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in the country.
Project iMlango is a first-of-its-kind e-learning partnership, led by global satellite operator Avanti Communications and its partners including sQuid, the smartcard and digital payments system provider; online maths tutoring provider, Whizz Education; and technology nongovernmental organisation, Camara Education.
The integrated programme aims to improve learning outcomes for 25 675 marginalized girls across 195 Kenyan primary schools.
Lynne Featherstone, International Development Minister at DFID said that education is vital to helping improve the life chances of millions of marginalized girls and protecting them from harmful practises like child and forced marriage.
“Through this private sector partnership we are able to deliver innovative and cutting edge solutions that mean marginalised girls in Kenya get the education they deserve,” she said.
David Williams, Chief Executive at Avanti Communications commented that project iMlango is a unique combination of high-speed satellite broadband and e-commerce technology, supported by interactive educational and IT resources.
“Directly addressing the societal barriers girls face in attending school, the programme will impact Kenyan girls and their communities on a huge scale,” he said.
The project aims to uniquely address the cultural and financial issues that can lead to reduced school attendance and drop outs, with electronic attendance monitoring and conditional payments to families.
At the programme's core sits an internet learning platform, accessed via high-speed satellite broadband connectivity, where partners provide students with interactive, individualized learning tools.