We focus on distribution of digital content for education to lower cost and increase access to quality educational materials approved for national curricula. We bring evidence and operational know-how from work with over 750 schools in Sub-Saharan Africa combined with mobile technology built on open standards.
The lack of available teaching and learning materials for quality education is a major cause of low literacy among children in Sub-Saharan Africa. “No books, no literacy.”
eKitabu is also developing an open source and cross-platform e-reading app, that provides better access to learning for children with disabilities. For children with vision impairment, the app reads ebooks aloud. For the deaf or hard of hearing individuals, the app includes videos with local sign language. Today, students with disabilities in developing countries do not have enough books to read.
eKitabu received investment from the UNICEF Innovation Fund for this work. Over the course of the 12-month UNICEF Innovation investment period, eKitabu will pilot the app in Kenya with a number of predetermined schools to conduct data review, to guide improvements on the code. Towards the end of the investment, the app will be deployed on a large scale, along with Kenya case study and a White Paper to be published with the Global Book Alliance.