We got a visit from Jonathan Kalan of the BBC, and took him to Amaf Primary School to show him how they are using eLimu’s apps for KCPE revision, and getting tangible results. Here’s an extract below:
“Our curriculum in Kenya is like a punishment to children, they feel they have to do it because it’s compulsory,” explains Peter Lalo Outa, headmaster at Amaf Primary School, Kawangware. “With these tablets, our students really enjoy learning.”
“We’re using the tablet as a tool through which information, ideas and passions can grow,” says eLimu founder Nivi Mukherjee,
eLimu works with local teachers, partners and developers to design localised, digital content meant to push primary education beyond the typical “chalk and talk” approach common in many classrooms. The start-up wants to show that digital content can be cheaper, better, and more effective at getting kids to learn.
“Contextualising educational content is very important,” says Mukherjee “Content from abroad is not culturally relevant or relatable. We need to create content locally.”
Its apps- which include animations, songs, videos, games, music and quizzes, – are specifically designed to supplement Kenya’s national curriculum, which make them easy for teachers to adopt. They also use relevant culturally relevant themes. For example, if a maths lesson is about Pythagoras’ theorem it may incorporate the KICC building- a famous building in downtown Nairobi – as an example. Or, an app may help the child count and subtract using madaazi, a local snack that they are familiar with.
Outa says that the tablets have “allowed students to go beyond teachers, and learn on their own.”
Read the full article on the BBC Future website