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CyberSmart Africa is an educational social enterprise harnessing mobile technology, deep local relationships and learning content.

CyberSmart Africa

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Since proudly winning WestAfricaCom’s Game-Changing Innovation Award, CyberSmart Africa continues to innovate ways to deliver up-to-date quality content directly supporting learning both online and to the vast majority of schools that have no electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.
Innovation like never before is the only way to provide the massively scalable learning Africa needs: Educational technology is vital. Population growth and economic growth demand it.

Jim Teicher, Director and Founder CyberSmart Africa

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Innovation Overview

TEACHERS
Target Group
1 250 000
Children/Users
1
Country
2008
Established
For-profit
Organisation
457
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What is CyberSmart Africa?

What we do?

Since proudly winning WestAfricaCom’s Game-Changing Innovation Award, CyberSmart Africa continues to innovate ways to deliver up-to-date quality content directly supporting classroom learning both online and to the vast majority of schools that have no electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our massively scalable learning solutions are based on deep insights into local needs. Insights that start with our over decade-long grassroots collaboration with Senegalese teachers. Insights that come from our longstanding and deep relationships with local associations and local government. And insights that build on our global industry expertise.

Social network growth is core to our strategy. Teachers are already heavy users of social networks. SmartSenegal.com uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to provide a social network designed to specifically address their professional needs — including the ability to access and share learning content and collaborate within an empathetic and inspirational environment.

Our CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform brings social networking together with affordable solar-powered classroom equipment that is specifically designed to meet the needs of the developing world. Previously unavailable instructional materials — maps, photos, videos and up-to-date quality content — directly supports classroom learning.


Why we do it?

The data speaks for itself. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are not learning. But irregular attendance, repetition, and inadequate teacher training are not the real problems. Rather, they are merely symptoms of much larger systemic weaknesses. The international development community, including The World Bank and USAID, feed into the dysfunction — and are partially to blame for it — by funding and then funding again inefficient and ineffective bureaucracies and contractors.

Our massively scalable learning solutions are based on deep insights into local needs. Insights that start with our over decade-long grassroots collaboration with Senegalese teachers. Insights that come from our longstanding and deep relationships with local associations and local government. And insights that build on our global industry expertise.


Notable achievement: Africa Com Game Changing Award 2017

The West Africa Com Awards celebrates the most impressive achievements in West Africa’s telecommunications, digital and ICT sectors. The award for Game-Changing Innovation honors the new product, solution or business model that has the potential to change the way the market works.

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HundrED Academy Review

The fact that the technology is not dependent on electricity makes it highly scalable as it can be used in rural areas all around the world.

- HundrED Academy Member

This innovation gives a valuable chance to deliver quality education with digital devices for countries with almost no access to electricity.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform delivers up-to-date learning and teaching digital resources to a vast number of schools that have no electricity in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions. With just one single unit, the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform can reach 250 students per school each day for a low monthly cost.
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Milestones

Achievements & Awards

February 2020
Winner Game Changing Innovation #West Africa Com
February 2020
Introducing SmartSenegal
February 2020
Introducing Ground Breaking Research
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