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What we do

CyberSmart Africa is a social enterprise harnessing mobile technology, deep local relationships and learning content to solve the biggest education challenge of the century.

Grass-roots developed.  Deep local relationships.

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.

 

SmartSenegal.com   An Artificial Intelligence-based Social Network

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.

CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform

We bring social networking together with affordable solar-powered classroom equipment that is specifically designed to meet the needs of the developing world. We deliver previously unavailable instructional materials — maps photos, videos and up-to-date quality content — to classrooms with few books and 40-60 students per class.

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How we do it

We combine social networking with affordable solar-powered classroom equipment to provide previously unavailable instructional materials to directly support classroom learning.

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 Tackling existing technology failures

Most Sub-Saharan Africa primary schools lack electricity. In the handful of schools where conventional computer labs and lap-top programs are used, too few devices serve large numbers of students. Continual power outages prohibit reliable use. Ongoing and costly maintenance issues impede timely repairs. The result? The technology sits unused.

Sustainable, scalable innovation. Grass-roots developed

Our strategy is based on insights from long term grassroots collaboration with teachers across rural Senegal. We learned that it’s simply impossible to adapt existing commercially available technologies. The reality is that these existing technologies were not designed for use in developing countries. That’s why we created the CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform. And that’s why we responded to teachers needs with SmartSenegal, a social network designed especially for them.

 

A proven game-changer

Our USAID Proof-of-Concept demonstrated how The CyberSmart Digital Learning Platform effectively delivers previously unavailable instructional materials. Plus, teachers gained precious classroom instructional time because they no longer had to copy lessons onto the blackboard.

 

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Proven Digital Learning Platform

The world’s first classroom learning platform specifically designed to meet the needs of the developing world.

Quality Interactive Learning Content

  Quality content — all previously unavailable — enrich and support classroom learning.

Sustained Teacher Training

Ongoing teacher training 24/7 in research-proven best way to impact student learning.

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Impact

 

 

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Built for sustainable, massive scale

Designed for scale to enable quick uptake in partnership with the private sector, NGOs, governments, telecoms and others.

Measurable impact on classroom learning

CyberSmart Africa offers a solution with a dramatic, measurable impact on classroom learning.

 

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2250

Students 2015 (250 per school)

12500

Students 2016

1250000

Students 2018

10000000

Students 2020

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Partnerships

CyberSmart Africa is a for-profit social enterprise welcoming partners as funders, customers and strategic allies. We welcome inquiries from

  • Governments of developing nations.
  • The Telecom industry looking for new, sustainable ways to extend connectivity to underserved schools.
  • Providers of foreign aid for education.
  • Corporations and investors acting on their social responsibility commitment.

 

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United States Agency for International Development. A successful multi-school proof-of concept was completed under USAID.

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Senegalese Ministry of Education

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Earth Institute at Columbia University

 

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United Nations Development Programme

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Orange

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The Women’s Health Education and Prevention Strategies Alliance

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  • We look forward to an ongoing collaboration … with a model that is truly sustainable and scalable expanding throughout Africa.

    Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • …. in the end it is usually the most practical solutions that find traction with teachers and students. 

    Michael Trucano, World Bank EduTech Blog post about CyberSmart Africa
about

Team

Our social enterprise's world-class team of expert advisors, consultants and collaborators.

Jim Teicher, Founder CyberSmart Africa
Mala Bawer, CyberSmart Education (USA)
Molly Melching, Advisor
Matt Berg, Advisor
Momar Dieng, PhD. Advisor
Pape Momar Sow, Advisor
Helen Abadzi,PhD. Advisor
Jules Aw, Pedagogical Consultant, Senegal
Sarah Nehrling, Team Facilitator and Coach
Linda English, Advisor
Julia Frazier, PhD. Advisor
Birame Ndour, School Director, Advisor, Senegal
Abdoulaye Ka, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Mounirou Cissé, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Emilie Ndiaye, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Badara Ndao, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Arona Toure, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
André Badiate, Teacher Advisor, Senegal
Roland Dietz, Business Consultant

 

contact

  mala@cybersmart.org

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