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Startup revolutionises African education

Written by Jessica Hashemi Tuesday, 03 June 2014.

Most people in sub-Saharan Africa may not have a computer, but 60% of them (and rising) have phones: and is using them to empower African education systems.

shutterstock 104277113According to UNESCO, OECD countries average one teacher for every 21 students. In Rwanda, there's 65 students to a teacher, and in the Central African Republic there's 84. Worse still, some areas suffer from a lack of teacher training and the quality of education is poor.

That's why aims to help students learn from outside of the classroom. All they have to do is send an SMS message from their mobile, and they'll receive a free call back with an audio lesson or quiz. Teachers can choose the material their students access, record quizzes, and track results to monitor progress. And it's all on a standard mobile - no smartphone necessary. has partnered with Vodacom to launch in Lesotho this month, where they will be looking to showcase the potential of their product with a view to selling to non-profits.

Similar models have been adopted by startups like Kenya's Enzo Education, which charges 30 cents per month for access to content, but the innovative potential of's flexible content creation element and their courting of non-profit Goliaths to fuel a spread across the continent gives them a powerful edge.

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Jessica Hashemi

Jessica Hashemi joined entrepreneurcountry in December 2013 as the content manager, after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Language and Literature. Her current responsibilities include managing the entrepreneurcountry website and online articles, as well as creating a weekly newsletter for investors and entrepreneurs.
Her main priorities are to search for, and find, unique and intelligent contributors, assisting them in the construction of informative and relevant articles as well as promoting them through social media channels.
With a background in writing, social media, travelling, and student led startups, Jessica occasionally contributes her own pieces to entrepreneurcountry as well as maintaining the site.



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